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Nevada Legislature 2013:

Where do Nevada’s legislators rank nationally in salary? The answer may surprise you

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The Assembly meets in a floor session Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 during the 2013 legislative session in Carson City.

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Sen. Tick Segerblom wants to professionalize Nevada’s Legislature.

Since its inception as a state, Nevada has had a citizen Legislature, where members meet every other year and hold down so-called day jobs when not in Carson City writing laws.

But under a measure introduced by Segerblom, the Legislature would begin meeting annually and would collect a monthly salary for their full term.

Right now, Nevada’s lawmakers rank in the bottom five in terms of salaries, at $8,777. (The figures do not include the often substantial per diem that lawmakers in Nevada and elsewhere collect.)

If Segerblom’s measure passes — it would have to be approved by voters after passing the Legislature twice — lawmakers would begin collecting $24,000 a year. At that level, the state's legislators would be squarely in the middle of the pack.

For a little bit of context, here’s a look at states that pay the top annual salaries and the lowest, as well as how often they meet.

    • FILE -- In this Jan. 23, 2013 file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown gives his State of the State address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.  State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, have proposed indentical bills that would require all legislation to be in print and online 72 hours before it can come to a vote.  Both bills would be constitutional amendments and would have to be approved by the voters.

      Top five: California

      $95,921, nine-month session

    • Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives meet to work on the state budget, Friday,  June 29, 2012 in Harrisburg, Pa.

      Top five: Pennsylvania

      $82,026, meets throughout the year

    • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, gives a tour of the Hall of New York to members of the legislature and media on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Paintings in the hallway depict scenes from around New York. Cuomo delivers his third State of the State address this afternoon.

      Top five: New York

      $79,500, meets throughout the year

    • Members of the Michigan House are sworn in by Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young, back right, in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Twenty-eight new lawmakers are joining the GOP-controlled Michigan Legislature on the first day of the next two-year session. The new House members were sworn in shortly after noon Wednesday along with those re-elected to the 110-member chamber.

      Top five: Michigan

      $71,685, meets throughout the year

    • Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, left, holds up an oversized gavel given to him by Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Cicero, during swearing-in ceremonies on Senate floor at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Springfield Ill.

      Top five: Illinois

      $67,836, meets throughout the year

    • FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2012 photo, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez addresses a joint session of the House and Senate at the start of the legislative session in Santa Fe, N.M.,  Martinez is feuding with the Democratic-controlled Legislature over how New Mexico should spend money on capital projects. The Republican governor contends that lawmakers have doled out too much money on local "pork" projects and she's threatening to veto some of them to drive home her point of view.

      Bottom five: New Mexico

      No salary, one-month session

    • New Hampshire House committee members listen to testimony during a public hearing on a bill that would reverse a policy that allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves by requiring that people must retreat if they can do so safely, at the Statehouse Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in Concord, N.H.

      Bottom five: New Hampshire

      $100, six-month session

    • Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley delivers his State-of-the-State address to a combined session of the Alabama Legislature in the historic House chamber of the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

      Bottom five: Alabama

      $1,050, 15-week session

    • Bottom five: Nevada

      $8,777, 120-day session every other year

    • This Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 photo shows representatives on the floor of the Utah House of Representatives at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Men vastly outnumber women in Utah's House and Senate. Half of the state is female, but fewer than one in five legislators are women. Nationally, the Utah legislature ranks behind all but four states for its percentage of women. Now, lawmakers and others are working to change that by recruiting female candidates.

      Bottom five: Utah

      $5,265, 45-day session

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    1. So he wants them to meet yearly and get paid more. Can we all say "NO WAY".

    2. What a joke. The Carson City Clowns do enough damage meeting only once every 2 years. Let's keep it that way.