Ohio Judicial Compensation Equalization, Amendment 1 (1928)

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The Ohio Judicial Compensation Equalization Amendment was on the November 6, 1928 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article IV, Section 14, of the Ohio Constitution to allow for equalization of compensation of state judges.[1]

Election results

Ohio Amendment 1 (1928)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,197,32462.96%
Yes 704,248 37.04%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Under the provision of the Constitution, as it now reads any law enacted by the Legislature increasing or decreasing the salary or compensation of judges of the courts above enumerated, is effective only as to such judge or judges as may be elected or appointed after the effective date of such law. The proposed amendment will make any law now existing, or hereinafter enacted, increasing the salary or compensation of judges of the courts enumerated, effective as to all judges of such courts, whenever, and at the time, such law becomes effective as to any judge of said courts.

Be It Resolved by the people of the State of Ohio that Article IV, Section 14, of the Constitution of the State of Ohio be amended to read as follows:

ARTICLE IV, SECTION 14.

The judges of the Supreme Court, and of the Court of Common Pleas, shall at stated times, receive, for their services, such compensation as shall be provided by law, which shall not be diminished or increased during their term of office, except as hereinafter provided, but they shall receive no fees or perquisites, nor hold any office of profit or trust under the authority of this State, or the United States. All votes for either of them, for any elective office, except a judicial office, under the authority of this State, given by the General Assembly, or the People, shall be void. Provided, that whenever any law now existing or hereafter enacted, increasing the salaries or compensation of the Judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, the Common Pleas Court, the Probate Courts of the State of Ohio, the Judges of the Municipal Court of any Municipality in the State of Ohio, or the Judges of any other Courts inferior to the Court of Appeals as may have been or may hereafter be established by law, becomes effective as to any Judge of either the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, the Common Pleas Court, the Probate Courts of the State of Ohio, the Municipal Court of any Municipality in the State of Ohio, or of any other Courts inferior to the Court of Appeals as may have been or may hereafter be established by law, then such law shall be deemed equally effective and in operation, according to its provisions, as to all Judges of such Court, anything contained in Article II, Section 20 of this Constitution to the contrary notwithstanding.

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If the votes for the above proposal exceed those against it, this amendment shall take effect and original Section 14 of Article IV of the Constitution of the State of Ohio shall be repealed and annulled.
Shall the Amendment be adopted?[2][3]

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