Minnesota Legislative Pay Council Amendment (2016)

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Legislative Pay Council Amendment
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Constitution:Constitutional amendment
Referred by:Minnesota Legislature
Topic:State legislatures measures on the ballot
Status:On the ballot

The Minnesota Legislative Pay Council Amendment, HF 3169 is on the November 8, 2016 ballot in Minnesota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would create an independent board to set the pay of state legislators.[1] The commission would consist of 16 members, 8 of whom would be appointed by the governor and 8 of whom would be appointed by the chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.[2]

State Representative Jason Metsa (D-6B) and State Senator Kent Eken are the constitutional amendment's chief authors.[3]

Text of measure

Ballot summary

The official ballot text reads as follows:[4]

Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to remove state lawmakers' power to set their own salaries, and instead establish an independent, citizens-only council to prescribe salaries of lawmakers?

Yes .....

No .....[5]

Support

Supporters

Arguments

Sen. Kent Eken (D-4), who sponsored the amendment in the Minnesota Senate, said:[2]

  • The amendment would solve the “conflict of interest problem” inherent in compensation issues. He said, “We shouldn’t be spending our time here debating what our pay should be.”
  • “I have always felt that money shouldn’t be the reason people run for office. But it shouldn’t be the reason that people leave public office, either. The pay should be adequate so that regular people have the opportunity to serve.”

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Minnesota Constitution

In order to refer proposed amendments to the ballot they must be agreed on by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Minnesota State Legislature. The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the measure with a 69-62 vote on May 17, 2013[6] The Minnesota State Senate sent the measure on to the ballot with a 43-23 vote on May 20, 2013.[1]

House vote

May 17, 2013 House vote

Minnesota HF 1823 House Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 69 52.67%
No6247.33%


Senate vote

May 20, 2013 Senate vote

Minnesota HF 1823 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 43 65.15%
No2334.85%

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