Voters Would Decide on Lawmaker Raises

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

A potential raise that would nearly triple the salary of Nebraska lawmakers would be decided on by voters under a resolution up for debate in the state legislature.

Lawmakers on Tuesday will discuss whether to boost lawmaker salaries from $12,000 per year to $32,000 per year.

The move requires a constitutional amendment, which means the final say on the proposed pay hike would be with the Nebraska voters.

The measure, sponsored by Omaha Senator Scott Lautenbaugh, would
place the issue on the November general election ballot.

The new pay rate would take effect on Jan. 9, 2013, if approved.

The constitutional amendment is being offered in an effort to bring legislative compensation in line with the current economy. Legislative compensation has not been adjusted for 24 years.

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