About 11,000 people working for the state will be getting a bump in pay under one of 60 new laws taking effect.
Under the pay raise bill, workers at 23 state agencies will get raises ranging from a little more than 6 percent to 8 percent. The goal of the bill is to get the most underpaid state workers, like prison guards, social workers, and workers at public safety agencies, a pay raise.
State employees as a whole have not received an increase in pay since 2006. A study released last year shows state workers in Oklahoma earn about 7 percent less than those in the private sector.
A separate measure that takes effect Tuesday increases the salaries of judges and district attorneys. Pay raises also were approved this year for the roughly 800 Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers, but those raises won't take effect until 2015.
Another new law requires every public school district in the state to have the Pledge of Allegiance recited at least once a week. Current law requires districts to tell students that they are not required to participate in the pledge.