Wisconsin Judicial Salary Change Amendment, Question 8 (April 1967)

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The Wisconsin Judicial Salary Change Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 4, 1967 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article IV, Section 26 of the Wisconsin Constitution to permit the legislature to equalize judicial salaries.[1]

Election results

Question 8
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 489,989 59.88%
No328,29240.12%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1968

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall article IV. section 26 of the constitution be amended to authorize the legislature to lower or raise judicial salaries so that all supreme court justices get the same salary and so that all circuit court judges get the same state salary?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(Article IV) Section 26. The legislature shall never grant any extra compensation to any public officer, agent, servant or contractor, after the services shall have been rendered or the contract entered into; nor shall the compensation of any public officer be increased or diminished during his term of office except that when any increase or decrease provided by the legislature in the compensation of the justice of the supreme court, or judges of the circuit court shall become effective as to any such justice or judge, it shall be effective from such date as to each of such justices or judges. This section shall not apply to increased benefits for teachers under a teachers" retirement system when such increased benefits are provided by a legislative act passed on a call o( yeas and nays by a three-fourths vote of all the members elected to both houses of the legislature.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 162 & JR 96 (1965)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 17 & JR 17 (1967)[2]

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