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  • Okla. panel clears expanded trooper pay raise bill

  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate committee has advanced a proposed pay raise for Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.
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  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate committee has advanced a proposed pay raise for Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.
     
    The Senate Appropriations Committee passed bill Wednesday without opposition, sending it to the full Senate. Dacoma Republican Rep. Jeff Hickman first introduced the measure in the House where it passed on a 90-0 vote in March.
     
    Hickman's proposal includes about $7 million to raise trooper pay. An amendment also approved by the committee expands the pay raise to members of the Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission and the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. It's unclear how much the additional pay raises will cost.
     
    Hickman says the pay raise will address a critical "manpower issue" within the OHP.
     
    A similar proposed pay raise for prison officers never came to a vote in the House.

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