Wisconsin Legislative Pay Amendment, Question 1 (1910)

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The Wisconsin Legislative Pay Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 8, 1910 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article IV, Section 21 of the Wisconsin Constitution to double the amount of annual pay legislators receive from $500 to $1,000.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No76,31063.31%
Yes 44,217 36.69%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1911

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"For the amendment providing that each member of the legislature shall receive for his services during a regular session the sum of ten hundred dollars."[2]

Constitutional changes

Proposed amendment to section 21 of Article 4 of the constitution, relating to the compensation of members of the legislature.
Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, that Section 21 of Article IV of the constitution be amended by striking out the word "five," being the twentieth word in the body thereof, and by inserting in lieu thereof the word "ten," so the same when amended shall read as follows:
Section 21. Each member of the legislature shall receive for his services for and during a regular session the sum of ten hundred dollars, and ten cents for every mile he shall travel in going to and returning for the place of meeting of the legislature on the most usual route. In case of an extra session of the legislature no additional compensation shall be allowed to any member thereof, either directly or indirectly, except for mileage, to be computed at the same rate as for a regular session. No stationery, newspapers, postage or other perquisites, except the salary and mileage above provided, shall be received from the state by any member of the legislature for his services or in any other manner as such member.[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 8 & JR 35 (1907)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 33 & JR 7 (1909)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.508 (1909)[1]

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