HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana lawmakers are considering changing how their pay is calculated, which would result in a 69 percent pay raise compared to their current salary if approved. The Legislative Council last month voted to draft a bill to base legislative pay on the average salaries of lawmakers in Montana and four surrounding states starting in 2021. Montana lawmakers are due to make $92.46 a day for the 2019 session. That's compared to the $156 per day average for lawmakers in Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Legislative leaders say the change would put them in line with how statewide office holders and state Supreme Court justices are paid. The lawmakers' salary does not include $114 per day lawmakers received for expenses during the 2017 session, a $3,000 constituent services account or a $1,500 information technology allowance.
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