The Alabama Legislative Compensation Amendment
, also known as Amendment 8
, is on the November 2012
ballot in the state of Alabama
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The measure would provide that the compensation paid to legislators would not increase during term of office. Compensation, according to the proposal, includes pay, travel allowance, expense allowance and per diem. The measure's text also includes a requirement of a recorded vote by members of the legislature on each proposed bill that would increase compensation. Also a two-thirds vote in each chamber would be required to approve such future bills. The formal title of the proposal is Senate Bill 156
Path to the ballot
Article XVIII of the Alabama Constitution says that it takes a three-fifths (60%) vote of the Alabama State Legislature to qualify an amendment for the ballot.