Alaska Compensation and Retirement Referendum (1976)

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The Alaska Compensation and Retirement Referendum was on the November 2, 1976 statewide general election ballot in Alaska as a veto referendum of a statute the state legislature had enacted in the previous legislative session, Ch. 205, SLA 1975.

The ballot summary said, "The referred act provided for an increase in compensation for judges, legislators, commissioners, and members of certain commissions and for improved retirement benefits for all members of the retirement systems. It required judges appointed after the effective date to contribute to their retirement program. It increased legislative per diem. It decreased the period of service required for retirement benefits to vest in the governor, lieutenant governor, and members of the legislature. It tied salaries of high ranking officials by percentages to the general salary schedule for state employees. Are you for or against the act?"

Election results

Alaska Compensation and Retirement Referendum (1976)
Yes or no Votes Percentage
In favor of the statute - 19.9%
10px-600px-Red x.png Repeal the statute - 80.1%
Total votes - 100%

Specific provisions

The disputed legislative act:

  • Increased the salaries of judges, state legislators, commissioners and members of certain commissions.
  • Enhanced the retirement benefits of all members of the state's retirement system.
  • Required judges appointed after the effective date of the legislation to contribute to their retirement program.
  • Increased the legislative per diem.
  • Decreased the number of years the governor, lieutenant governor or members of the legislature were required to serve before being vested in the retirement program.
  • Tied salaries of high-ranking state officials by percentages to the general salary schedule for state employees.

A "yes" vote on the question signified agreement with the legislative bill. A "no" vote signified disagreement.

19.9% voted "yes", meaning that the legislature's act was vetoed.

Use of veto referenda in Alaska

The 1976 referendum was the second time Alaskans used their right of veto referendum. They used it first in 1968, with the Voter Registration Referendum, and again in 2000, with the Land-And-Shoot Referendum.

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