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Wisconsin Effective Date of Legislative Compensation Amendment, Question 2 (April 1992)

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The Wisconsin Effective Date of Legislative Compensation Amendment, also known as the Legislative Compensation, Effective Date Question or the Senate Pay Referendum, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 7, 1992 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.[1]

This amendment modified Article IV, Section 26 of the state constitution to require any legislative pay raises to take effective after a general election and the beginning of a new assembly term.[2]

Election results

Legislative Compensation, Effective Date
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 736,832 67.88%
No348,64532.12%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1993-1994

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Legislative compensation, effective date. Shall section 26 of article IV of the constitution be amended so that no legislative compensation increase may take effect until a general election intervenes and the new assembly term begins, at which time the new level of compensation will apply to all members of the legislature including holdover senators?"[2]

Constitutional changes

(NOTE: Scored material would be added; stricken material would be deleted.)
[Article IV] Section 26 ill The legislature shall never may not grant any extra compensation to any> a public officer, agent, servant or contractor; after the services shall have been rendered or the contract has been entered into; nor shall.
(2) Except as provided in this subsection, the compensation of any a public officer may not be increased or diminished during his the term of office except that when:
(a) When any increase or decrease provided by the legislature in the compensation of the justices of the supreme court or judges of any court of record shall become becomes effective as to any such justice or judge, it shall be effective from such date as to each of every such justices justice or judges judge. This section
(b) Any increase in the compensation of members of the legislature shall take effect, for all senators and representatives to the assembly, after the next general election beginning with the new assembly term.
(3) Subsection (1) shall not apply to increased benefits for persons who have been or shall be granted benefits of any kind under a retirement system when such increased benefits are provided by a legislative act passed on a call of ayes and noes by a three-fourths vote of all the members elected to both houses of the legislature, which<s> and such act <s>shall provide provides for sufficient state funds to cover the costs of the increased benefits.[2]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 47 & JR 54 (1989)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 16 & JR 13 (1991)[3]

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