Roane County magistrates and clerks will get a pay raise if Gov. Earl Ray Tomlin signs the bill, one of six county magistrate systems that will see the increase.

The measure was approved during a special legislative session this week.

The bill also included an additional $1.86 million for newly elected Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

The equalization bill provides pay raises to 12 magistrates and staffs in six counties this year, and will eliminate a lower $51,125 pay tier for magistrates in another 17 small-population counties in January 2017.

The pay raises mean that magistrates in some of West Virginia's most rural counties will be paid more than so-called part-time prosecuting attorneys who are required to have law degrees.

The bill had been caught up in controversy during the regular session.

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