2016 Constitutional Amendment Vote 20 May 13

Minnesota voters will decide in 2016 if the constitution should be changed to let an independent board set the pay of legislators. The state Senate voted 43-23 early today (MON) to put the proposed amendment on the statewide ballot. It follows a tighter vote in the House on an identical measure. Governors don’t have input on constitutional amendments. If adopted by voters, it would create a special council to determine lawmaker pay. Sponsors say it removes an inherent conflict of interest and takes a politically charged matter out of the Capitol. Legislators haven’t seen a pay raise since 1999, and some worry that the $31,000 salary is become a barrier for some prospective candidates given the time demands of the office. The pay council would set new salary rates once every two years.