Any approval for a salary increase for state lawmakers and other elected officials would be released by Nov. 15 of next year, after the next Election Day, according to legislation approved by state lawmakers during Tuesday’s budget vote.

Once believed to be dead and gone from the state budget negotiations, a pay raise commission for state elected officials was resurrected and approved by the Senate and Assembly on Tuesday night.

The commission was included in a massive “clean up” budget bill that wasn’t printed and distributed on lawmakers desks until Tuesday night (Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Sunday had confirmed the pay raise commission was included in the budget agreement on Sunday).

The new panel is actually being rolled into the commission created in 2011 that determines whether state judges should receive a boost in pay.

Historically, judicial pay was tied to pay increases for state lawmakers, who have not received a salary bump of their own since 1999.

Four years ago, the decision was made to decouple the politics surrounding the lawmaker pay raises from judicial salaries through the commission.

Now, those politics appear to be back, at least as far as this commission is concerned.

The legislation also spells out what the commission should consider when determining where salaries should be increased, including:

— Overall economic climate
— Rate of inflation
— Public-sector spending changes
— Current benefits and compensation from executive and legislative branch officials in other states and federal government
— Benefits received by government professionals, non-profits, academia and the private sector
— State government’s ability to to afford to the pay raises

The commission will include seven members: Three appointed by the governor, one appointed by the Senate and Assembly each and two appointed by the chief judge of the Court of Appeals. The judicial appointee shall be a non-voting chair of the panel.

In addition to state legislative and judicial pay raises, the panel will determine pay increases for commissioners in the governor’s cabinet as well as the attorney general and comptroller.

There’s no prohibition against elected officials from sitting on the panel itself and the commission must hold at least one public hearing in which the public can weigh in.

The commission itself is due to form by June 1.

Any pay raise for the Senate and Assembly would not take effect until the next session of the Legislature is seated, or Jan 1, 2017.

Lawmakers currently earn $79,500, but many earn more through per diem expenses and stipends for leadership and committee chair titles.