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Review prompted by lawmakers' pay disparity

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A disparity in lawmakers' pay has led to a review of how Kentucky lawmakers are compensated for expenses.

The Courier-Journal reports some lower-ranking lawmakers actually made more than higher-ranking ones due to a patchwork of laws and policies.

According to records the newspaper got from the Legislative Research Commission, Rep. Keith Hall had the highest compensation of any House member in 2013 at $86,514. House Speaker Greg Stumbo came in second at $83,602.

The records show that Republican Caucus Chairman Dan Seum of Louisville had a total compensation of $79,352 while higher-ranked Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer of Georgetown received $57,440.

The disparities led Senate President Robert Stivers to put a directive in the budget bill that staff review policies on paying expenses and make a recommendation by July 1.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal

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