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Nebraska Legislative Salary Amendment, Amendment 4 (2012)

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Amendment 4
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Type:Legislative referral
Constitution:Nebraska Constitution

The Nebraska Legislative Salary Amendment, also known as Amendment 4, was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Nebraska as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The proposed measure would have raised state legislative salaries to $22,500 a year, effective January 9, 2013 if approved. As of 2012, lawmakers made $12,000 a year.[1]

It was estimated that the increase would have cost the state about $980,000 for a year for senators' base pay.[2]

The proposal was introduced by Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh.

According to reports, the Nebraska State Legislature attempted to put an increase to $22,000 on the May 2010 ballot. However, "technicalities apparently made the vote unconstitutional."[2]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
Nebraska Amendment 4
Defeatedd No513,23068.41%
Yes 236,566 31.59%
Official results are from the Nebraska Secretary of State.

Text of measure

The official ballot text read as follows:[3]

Proposed Amendment No. 4

A vote FOR this constitutional amendment would increase the salary for members of the Legislature from twelve thousand dollars per year to twenty-two thousand five hundred dollars per year, beginning January 2013.
A vote AGAINST this constitutional amendment would result in no change in the salary for members of the Legislature.

A constitutional amendment to change the salary of members of the Legislature to twenty-two thousand five hundred dollars.




No formal support was identified.


No formal opposition was identified.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Nebraska State Constitution

In order to qualify a proposed measure to the statewide ballot, 60% of the members of the Nebraska State Legislature must vote in approval.

On March 5, 2012, the amendment passed its first round of debate with vote of 28-9.[4]

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, the amendment passed its final reading on a vote of 31-15-3, passing the measure on to the ballot.[5][6]

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