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, was on the November 6,2012 ballot in the state of Alabama as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment where it was approved. The measure provided that the compensation paid to legislators would not increase during term of office. The measure also established the basic compensation of the Legislature at the median household income in the state and required legislators to submit signed vouchers for reimbursement for expenses. The formal title of the proposal was House Bill 276.

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

The following are unofficial election results:

Alabama Amendment 8
Approveda Yes 767,843 69.16%

32 out of 67 precincts reporting

Results via the Alabama Secretary of State's website.

Text of measure

Ballot language

The ballot language that voters saw on the ballot read as follows:[1]

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to repeal the existing provisions for legislative compensation and expenses and establish the basic 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. (Proposed by Act 2012-269)

Yes ( )

No ( )[2]


  • The sponsor of the measure in legislative session was Mike Ball.[3]


No formal opposition has been identified yet.

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.

See also

External links


  1. Alabama Secretary of State, "2012-269", Retrieved August 27, 2012
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Alabama Secretary of State, "House Bill 276", September 17, 2012