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Wisconsin Legislative Pay Amendment, Question 1 (April 1920)

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The Wisconsin Legislative Pay Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 6, 1920 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article IV, Section 21 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow the pay of legislators to be set by law.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No135,07251.17%
Yes 128,904 48.83%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1921

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall amendment to section 21 of article IV of the constitution (Jt. Res. No.37, 1919) relating to compensation legislators be adopted?"[2]

Constitutional changes

Resolved by Assembly, the Senate concurring, That section 21 of article IV of the constitution be amended to read: (Article IV) Section 21: Each member of the legislature shall receive for his services * * * such sum * * * to be paid at such times and in such manner as shall be prescribed by law. * * * The compensation prescribed for members of the legislature immediately prior to the adoption of this amendment shall continue in force until changed by the legislature in a manner consistent with the other provisions of this constitution.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 16 & JR 23 (1917)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 13 & JR 37 (1919)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.480 (1919)[1]

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