Louisiana Officials Salary Increase, Amendment 1 (2010)
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|Louisiana Amendment 1 (2010)|
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))
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.
Media editorial positions
- 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.
- The Advocate was also in favor of this measure because it would restrict government officials from getting pay raises without the support of residents.
Path to the ballot
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.
- Louisiana Public Affairs Research Council, Guide to November Amendments
- Louisiana Constitutional Amendments for consideration in 2010
- Senate Bill 67, full text
- Louisiana Legislature, "Election 2010 constitutional amendments," accessed May 7, 2010
- The Times Picayune, "Tweaks to state Constitution are on Nov. 2 ballot," October 13, 2010
- Houma Today, "Amendments target elected officials," October 17, 2010
- Shreveport Times, "Editorial: Amendments 1 and 3 merit your support," October 20, 2010
- The Advocate, "Our Views: Our position on proposals, Amendments 1-4," October 21, 2010
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