"I have no problem with raising the governor's salary," Rep. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany, said. "But have you had any consideration of raising our salary?"
Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, responded: "The box is open," meaning Dukes is welcome to introduce a bill doing just that.
Powell, however, noted that the bill also reconstitutes a dormant commission that will study the salary of all constitutional officers and members of the General Assembly and make recommendations back to lawmakers. The House, Senate and governor will appoint the members.
Still, Rep. Earnest "Coach" Williams, D-Avondale Estates, was not fully satisfied.
“Is it not true that there is a Governor’s Mansion and it’s occupied by him for free?” Williams asked Powell, who acknowledged Williams was correct.
“Where’s the box?” Williams said.