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HF 1823

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 05/06/2013 09:38am

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; proposing an amendment to the Minnesota
Constitution, article IV, section 9; authorizing a council to establish salaries for
legislators; changing the composition of the Compensation Council; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 15A.082, subdivisions 1, 2, 3.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginCONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.
new text end

new text begin An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the
amendment is adopted, article IV, section 9, will read:
new text end

Sec. 9.

The deleted text begincompensationdeleted text endnew text begin salarynew text end of senators and representatives shall be prescribed
by deleted text beginlaw. No increase of compensation shall take effect during the period for which the
members of the existing house of representatives may have been elected.
deleted text endnew text begin a council
consisting of the following members: eight nonjudges appointed by the chief justice of
the Supreme Court, and one member from each congressional district appointed by the
governor. Four members appointed by the governor and four members appointed by
the Supreme Court must belong to the political party that has the most members in the
legislature. Four members appointed by the governor and four members appointed by the
Supreme Court must belong to the political party that has the second-most members in the
legislature. The council must prescribe salaries by May of each odd-numbered year, with
any changes in salary to take effect in January of the next odd-numbered year. Other items
of compensation for legislators shall be determined as provided by law.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginSCHEDULE AND QUESTION.
new text end

new text begin The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2014 general
election. The question submitted must be:
new text end

new text begin "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that salary for legislators
will be prescribed by a compensation council instead of by the legislature?
new text end

new text begin Yes
.
new text end
new text begin No . "
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 15A.082, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Creation.

A Compensation Council is created each deleted text begineven-numbered
deleted text endnew text begin odd-numberednew text end year to assist the legislature in establishing the compensation of
constitutional officers, deleted text beginmembers of the legislature,deleted text end justices of the Supreme Court, judges
of the Court of Appeals and district court, and the heads of state and metropolitan agencies
included in section 15A.0815.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 15A.082, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Membership.

The Compensation Council consists of 16 members: deleted text begintwo
members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house; two
members of the senate appointed by the majority leader of the senate; one member of the
house of representatives appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives;
one member of the senate appointed by the minority leader of the senate; two
deleted text endnew text begin eight
new text end nonjudges appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Courtnew text begin, of whom no more than
four may belong to the same political party
new text end; and one member from each congressional
district appointed by the governor, of whom no more than four may belong to the same
political party. Appointments must be made deleted text beginby October 1deleted text endnew text begin after the first Monday in January
and before January 15
new text end. The compensation and removal of members appointed by the
governor or the chief justice shall be as provided in section 15.059, subdivisions 3 and 4.
The Legislative Coordinating Commission shall provide the council with administrative
and support services.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 15A.082, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Submission of recommendations.

(a) By deleted text beginMaydeleted text endnew text begin Aprilnew text end 1 in each
odd-numbered year, the Compensation Council shall submit to the speaker of the house
and the president of the senate salary recommendations for constitutional officers,
deleted text beginlegislators,deleted text end justices of the Supreme Court, and judges of the Court of Appeals and district
court. The recommended salary for each new text beginother new text endoffice must take effect on the first Monday
in January of the next odd-numbered year, with no more than one adjustment, to take
effect on January 1 of the year after that. The salary recommendations for deleted text beginlegislators,
deleted text end judgesdeleted text begin,deleted text end and constitutional officers take effect if an appropriation of money to pay the
recommended salaries is enacted after the recommendations are submitted and before
their effective date. Recommendations may be expressly modified or rejected. deleted text beginThe salary
recommendations for legislators are subject to additional terms that may be adopted
according to section 3.099, subdivisions 1 and 3.
deleted text end

(b) The council shall also submit to the speaker of the house and the president of
the senate recommendations for the salary ranges of the heads of state and metropolitan
agencies, to be effective retroactively from January 1 of that year if enacted into law. The
recommendations shall include the appropriate group in section 15A.0815 to which each
agency head should be assigned and the appropriate limitation on the maximum range of
the salaries of the agency heads in each group, expressed as a percentage of the salary of
the governor.

Sec. 6. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Sections 3 to 5 are effective January 1, 2015, if the constitutional amendment
proposed in section 1 is adopted by the voters.
new text end