Salaries for LA lawmakers will soon double

BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) - Come July First, Louisiana lawmakers will get paid double what they're making now.

That comes after passing one of the most controversial bills at the state capitol in years.

Governor Bobby Jindal insists he will not veto the bill, which will allow the base pay for legislators to jump from $17,000 a year to nearly $38,000.

However not everyone plans on taking the increase. Lawmakers have until the end of Tuesday to sign a form saying they don't want the extra money. Sixty-three of the 142 lawmakers opposed the salary boost.

Here's how NW LA senators voted on the bill:

FOR-Robert Adley, R-Benton; Lydia Jackson, D-Shreveport; Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe

AGAINST-Sherri Cheek, R-Shreveport; Gerald Long, R-Winnfield; Buddy Shaw, R-Shreveport; Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe

Here's how NW LA representatives voted on the bill:

FOR -Richard Burford, R-Stonewall; Roy Burrell, D-Shreveport; Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport; Hollis Downs, R-Ruston;  Richard Gallot, D-Ruston; Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport; Rickey Nowlin, R-Natchitoches; Patrick Williams, D-Shreveport

AGAINST - Henry Burns, R-Haughton; Jean Doerge, D-Minden; Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro; Frank Howard, R-Many; Jane Smith, R-Bossier City; Wayne Waddell, R-Shreveport

ABSENT - James Morris, R-Oil City