Thanks to Brian Kemp, pay is going up for local officials.
Sheriffs, tax commissioners, Superior Court clerks and Probate Court judges across the state would be guaranteed a higher minimum salary under a bill the Senate approved Thursday.
Senate Bill 450, sponsored by state Sen. Brian Kemp, R-Athens, marks the first time in five years the state has updated its pay scale for constitutional officers, even though lawmakers have approved several cost-of-living adjustments in that time.
After passing 50-0 in the Senate, the measure now moves to the House.
The bill also will boost the pay for some officers because it attempts to make sure a tax commissioner, Superior Court clerk and Probate Court judge working in the same county are paid the same base salary.