Wisconsin Judicial Salary Increase Amendment, Question 1 (April 1963)

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The Wisconsin Judicial Salary Increase Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 2, 1963 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

  • This amendment sought to modify Article IV, Section 26 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow for judicial salary increase during term of office.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No335,77460.83%
Yes 216,205 39.17%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1964

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 26 of article IV of the state constitution be amended so that the legislature will be authorized to increase the compensation paid to justices of the supreme court and judges of other courts during their term of office?"[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. The prohibition against increasing compensation during a term of office shall not apply to justices of the supreme court or to judges of other courts. 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 of 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: SJR 76 & JR 68 (1961)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 4 & JR 7 (1963)[2]

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