A bill allowing clerks of court to receive a 4 percent pay raise zipped through the state Senate Thursday.

The Senate voted 27-7 in favor of House Bill 174, giving the proposal final legislative passage.

To be eligible for the pay increase, clerks would have to complete annual certification updates and other education requirements.

State Sen. Ed Murray, D-New Orleans, said the pay boosts would not cost the state anything. He said the money would come from the clerks’ budgets.