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Wisconsin Legislative Pay Amendment, Question 1 (April 1924)

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The Wisconsin Legislative Pay Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 1, 1924 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article IV, Section 21 of the Wisconsin Constitution to change the annual pay of legislators to $750.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No250,23656.89%
Yes 189,635 43.11%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1925

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall amendment to section 21 of article IV of the constitution (Jt. Res. No.18, 1923) increasing the compensation of members of the legislature to 750 per annum be adopted?"[2]

Constitutional changes

That section 21 of article IV of the constitution be amended to read: (Article IV) Section 21. Each member of the legislature shall receive for his services, * * * seven hundred and fifty dollars per annum and ten cents for every mile he shall travel in going to and returning from the place of meeting of the legislature on the most usual route. In case of an extra session of the legislature, no additional compensation shall be allowed to any member thereof, either directly or indirectly, except for mileage, to be computed at the same rate as for a regular session. No stationery, newspapers, postage or other perquisites, except the salary and mileage above provided, shall be received from the state by any member of the legislature for his services, or in any other manner as such member.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 8 & JR 28 (1921)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 5 & JR 18 (1923)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.241 (1923)[1]

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