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Alabama Legislative Compensation Amendment, Amendment 8 (2012)

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Amendment 8
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Alabama Constitution
Referred by:Alabama Legislature
Topic:Administration of government
Status:On the ballot
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[1]

Text of measure

Ballot language

The ballot language that voters will see on the ballot reads as follows:[2]

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to repeal the existing provisions for legislative compensation of the Legislature at the median household income in Alabama; to require legislators to submit signed vouchers for reimbursement for expenses; and to prohibit the Legislature from increasing the compensation or expenses payable to its members.

Yes ___

No ___[3]


  • The sponsor of the measure in legislative session was Mike Ball.[4]

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.

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