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W.Va. Senate weighs restoring cut magistrate pay

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia magistrates and top staffers would regain pay lost following the 2010 Census from a pending state Senate measure.

State law now links a magistrate court's salaries to its county's population. That triggered January pay cuts in Lewis, McDowell, Wetzel and Wyoming counties.

The Senate Finance Committee voted Monday to reverse those reductions by lowering the population threshold. That change would also raise pay in Barbour and Roane counties.

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed the measure last week. The full Senate could vote on passage Tuesday.

A divided House of Delegates approved a different bill earlier that would increase salaries for 38 magistrates statewide. The Senate measure would benefit 14 magistrates as well as staff. The state Supreme Court estimates it would increase personnel spending by $240,800 annually.

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