The Senate Finance Committee quickly signed off Monday on multi-year, 4 percent pay raises for Louisiana clerks of court.

Under House Bill 174, the clerks could opt for 4 percent pay raises in each of four years. The money to cover the raises would have to come from self-generated funds.

State Rep. Jeff Arnold, D-New Orleans, said the raises are optional and would be the first opportunity in seven years for a pay increase.

The bill now heads to the state Senate floor.