Minnesota Legislative Pay Council Amendment (2016)

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The Minnesota Legislative Pay Council Amendment is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Minnesota that will be decided in the general election on November 8, 2016. The measure would create an independent board to set the pay of state legislators.[1]

Support

The amendment's sponsors say that the establishment of an independent council would remove the conflict of interest that comes with legislators setting their own pay.[1]

Arguments

According to the measure's supporters, there has not been a pay raise in the state legislature since 1999. They argue that the current salary of $31,000 may be discouraging prospective candidates from running for office due the time demands involved with serving in the legislature.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Minnesota Constitution

In order to refer proposed amendments to the ballot they must be agreed on by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Minnesota State Legislature.

The Minnesota State Senate sent the measure on to the ballot with a 43-23 vote on May 20, 2013.[1]

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