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OKLAHOMA CITY – While it’s something you are likely to hear during an election, a committee in the Oklahoma House of Representatives is hoping to raise the salaries of a certain group of public servants.

House Bill 3098 would revise the salaries for certain Department of Public Safety personnel.

According to the bill’s summary, it would “increase the salaries of the Commissioner of Public Safety, Assistant Commissioner of Public Safety, commissioned officers within the Highway Patrol Division and positions within the Communications Division of the Department of Public Safety.”

The Highway Patrol Division, which includes OHP troopers,  will see an 18.5 percent increase in their salary.

Also, the communications division,  which consists of dispatchers, will see a 13 percent increase in pay.

The pay increases are expected to cost the state $9.8 million each year.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety voted Monday to approve the bill.