Snyder signs legislation opening door for raising judge pay

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that opens the door for raising Michigan judges’ pay after 15 years of stagnant judicial salaries.

Judges’ salaries haven’t increased because their pay is currently tied to Supreme Court justices, who haven’t seen a raise in years. Snyder’s office says the measure signed Tuesday would allow regular salary evaluations for trial court and Court of Appeals judges.

The change won’t affect Supreme Court justices’ pay.

Bill sponsor and Republican Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge has said the legislation removes political jockeying from the process.

Also Tuesday, Snyder signed legislation to establish an online reporting system for child abuse and neglect cases. And he signed bills designed to make it easier to track continuing education requirements needed for most state professional licenses online.

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