Constitutional Amendment in ASL (2016 General Election, Minnesota)
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Constitutional Amendment in ASL (2016 General Election, Minnesota)

In the General Election on November 8, 2016, there will be one constitutional amendment on the ballot to vote on in Minnesota. On your ballot, it will say: Remove Lawmakers’ Power to Set Their Own Pay Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to remove state lawmakers’ power to set their own salaries, and instead establish an independent, citizens-only council to prescribe salaries of lawmakers? Yes or No Currently, legislators have the power to set their own salary. The constitutional amendment would remove this power and create an independent council that would decide salary levels for legislators. If you vote “yes,” this means that you support the amendment. If you vote “no,” this means you do not support the amendment. If you leave the amendment question blank and not vote, then it becomes an automatic vote for “no.” What does this mean? The Minnesota Attorney General explains, “The effect of the amendment would be to create a Legislative Salary Council that is independent of the legislature and has the authority to prescribe legislators’ salaries. The governor and chief justice of the Supreme Court would each appoint half of the members of the council. Current and former state officeholders (including judges), current and former lobbyists, legislators’ spouses, and current state-government employees would not be permitted to serve on the Council. The membership of the Council would be evenly divided between members of the two largest parties in the legislature. The Council would be required to prescribe salaries by March 31 of each odd-numbered year, and the salaries would take effect on July 1 of that year.” For more information on the amendment, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

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