House passes bill to give pay raise to correctional officers

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bill to give a pay raise to correction officers in West Virginia is headed to the Senate.

On Monday, the House passed House Bill 4142 with a 99-0 vote. The bill gives a salary increase for state employees in the Division of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services, and Regional Jail Authority.

If the bill is approved, applicable employees would be given an increase in annual pay of $2,000 starting July 1, 2018. Additional raises of $2,000 each would be given again in July 2019 and July 2020.

According to text in the bill, funding for the new pay rates for employees of the Division of Corrections and Division of Juvenile Services shall be provided from the general revenue fund.

The salary adjustment for the Regional Jail Authority will come from the special revenue fund.

The bill was originally introduced in the House by Speaker Tim Armstead and Delegate Tim Miley.

Delegate Tom Fast from Fayette County spoke before the vote Monday. He says boosting the salary will allow the state to retain correctional officers and reduce the overtime costs that the state has now.

The Senate will now have to take up the bill.