Alabama Legislative Compensation Amendment, Amendment 8 (2012)

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The Alabama General Officer Amendment may appear on the November 2012 ballot in the state of Alabama as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. If sent to the ballot and enacted, the measure would provide that the compensation paid to legislators does not increased 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 potential bills. The formal title of the proposal is Senate Bill 156[1]

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.