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Louisiana Officials Salary Increase, Amendment 1 (2010)

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The Louisiana Officials Salary Increase, Amendment 1, also known as Act 539, was on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot in Louisiana as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment where it was approved.

The measure proposed that any salary increases be implemented in the subsequent term of office and no sooner. The changes were effective 20 days following the governor's approval.[1]

Election results

See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Louisiana Amendment 1 (2010)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 845,944 73%
No320,33127%

Official results via Louisiana Elections Division.

Text of measure

To provide that any salary increase enacted by law for certain state elected officials, including statewide elected officials, members of the Public Service Commission, and members of the legislature, not be implemented until a subsequent term of office. (Becomes effective 20 days after the governor proclaims its adoption.) (Amends Article IV, Section 4; Adds Article III, Section 4(G) and Article IV, Section 21(F))[1]

Support

Those in support of this measure said they saw it as a safe guard since the legislature would still be allowed to approve pay raises for themselves but they would not be implemented until their next term so if people were not happy with the raise they would have the option to not vote the member back into office. Proponents said they also believed this measure would get the most attention from voters since a large uproar was heard in 2008 when the legislatures raised their own pay without voter consent.[2]

Opposition

Those against this measure noted that it would have been better to enact a state statute about pay raises rather than to change the state constitution.[3]

Media editorial positions

See also: Endorsements of Louisiana ballot measures, 2010

Support

  • Shreveport Times supported Amendment 1. In an editorial, the writers said it was better to deal with the issue now rather than let it wait for further legislation which could take more time. Though they agreed the issue would have been handled better with a statute, they felt it was better to vote on it now.[4]
  • The Advocate was also in favor of this measure because it would restrict government officials from getting pay raises without the support of residents.[5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Louisiana legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

In order to qualify for the ballot the proposed measure required the approval of 2/3rds of the members of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature.

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