From the Morning Memo:

A top counsel to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in a memorandum to lawmakers said Attorney General Letitia James’s office is expected to seek clarification on a state Supreme Court ruling that struck down an outside income limit for lawmakers and may have also ended phased-in pay raises for the Legislature.

The ruling on Friday determined a pay commission’s decision to cap private-sector income for the Legislature had exceeded its authority. The panel, meanwhile, also backed a three-step pay raise for the Legislature, eventually reaching $130,000.

Lawmakers’ pay was increased from $79,500 to $110,000 at the start of the year, their first pay raise since 1999 as part of the pay commission’s recommendations.

But the ruling appears to have also called into question the next two increases over the coming years. The wording of the ruling left many scratching their heads on Friday afternoon as it was unclear if the court intended to block both the outside income cap as well as the pay raises.

“There is some ambiguity in the language and I understand the Attorney General intends to ask the Court for clarification,” the memorandum stated.

The ruling is likely to be appealed, regardless of the clarification. There are several lawsuits challenging the pay raise commission’s determination that have been filed by state lawmakers.

The court challenge in this case is part of a challenge from the Government Justice Center, a conservative-leaning legal organization.