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. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.
1.8An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the
1.9amendment is adopted, article IV, section 9, will read:
Sec. 9. The
of senators and representatives shall be prescribed
law. No increase of compensation shall take effect during the period for which the
1.12 members of the existing house of representatives may have been elected. a council
1.13consisting of the following members: eight nonjudges appointed by the chief justice of
1.14the Supreme Court, and one member from each congressional district appointed by the
1.15governor. Four members appointed by the governor and four members appointed by
1.16the Supreme Court must belong to the political party that has the most members in the
1.17legislature. Four members appointed by the governor and four members appointed by the
1.18Supreme Court must belong to the political party that has the second-most members in the
1.19legislature. The council must prescribe salaries by May of each odd-numbered year, with
1.20any changes in salary to take effect in January of the next odd-numbered year. Other items
1.21of compensation for legislators shall be determined as provided by law.
Sec. 2. SCHEDULE AND QUESTION.
2.1The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2014 general
2.2election. The question submitted must be:
2.3"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that salary for legislators
2.4will be prescribed by a compensation council instead of by the legislature?
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 15A.082, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Creation.
A Compensation Council is created each
year to assist the legislature in establishing the compensation of
members of the legislature,
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
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 15A.082, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Membership.
The Compensation Council consists of 16 members:
2.15 members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house; two
2.16 members of the senate appointed by the majority leader of the senate; one member of the
2.17 house of representatives appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives;
2.18 one member of the senate appointed by the minority leader of the senate; two eight
nonjudges appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, of whom no more than
2.20four may belong to the same political party
; 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
by October 1 after the first Monday in January
2.23and before January 15
. 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.
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,
justices of the Supreme Court, and judges of the Court of Appeals and district
court. The recommended salary for each other
office 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
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.
3.5 recommendations for legislators are subject to additional terms that may be adopted
3.6 according to section
3.099, subdivisions 1 and 3 .
(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
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
Sec. 6. EFFECTIVE DATE.
3.15Sections 3 to 5 are effective January 1, 2015, if the constitutional amendment
3.16proposed in section 1 is adopted by the voters.