LITTLE ROCK — Seven people have been appointed to serve on a new commission that will set salaries for elected state officials.

LITTLE ROCK — Seven people have been appointed to serve on a new commission that will set salaries for elected state officials.


In November, voters approved a constitutional amendment imposing new ethics restrictions on legislators, expanding legislative term limits and calling for the creation of a seven-member commission to set elected officials’ salaries, with members appointed by all three branches of government.


In a joint news release Wednesday, leaders in each branch announced the following appointments to the Independent Citizens Commission:


Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Barbara Graves of Little Rock, a retired businesswoman, and Larry Ross of Sherwood, president of Ross Consulting.


Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, appointed Stuart Hill of Searcy, vice president and treasurer of White County Medical Center, and Brenda James of Little Rock, math coach in the Little Rock School District.


House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, appointed Mitch Berry of Little Rock, attorney at Dyke & Winzerling, and Stephen Tipton of Cabot, regional vice president of Centennial Bank.


Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah appointed Chuck Banks of Little Rock, senior partner at Banks Law Firm.


The appointments will expire Nov. 5, 2018.


Salaries of legislators, constitutional officers and judges previously were set out in the constitution, but the Legislature could approve cost-of-living increases.