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SF 533

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 09/11/2013 04:11pm

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1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to state government; proposing an amendment to the Minnesota
1.3Constitution, article IV, section 9; authorizing a council to establish salaries for
1.4legislators; changing the composition of the Compensation Council;amending
1.5Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 15A.082, subdivisions 1, 2, 3.
1.6BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

1.7    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:
1.10Sec. 9. The compensation salary of senators and representatives shall be prescribed
1.11by law. No increase of compensation shall take effect during the period for which the
1.12members 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.

1.22    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?
2.5
Yes
.....
2.6
No ..... "

2.7    Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 15A.082, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
2.8    Subdivision 1. Creation. A Compensation Council is created each even-numbered
2.9 odd-numbered year to assist the legislature in establishing the compensation of
2.10constitutional officers, members of the legislature, justices of the Supreme Court, judges
2.11of the Court of Appeals and district court, and the heads of state and metropolitan agencies
2.12included in section 15A.0815.

2.13    Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 15A.082, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
2.14    Subd. 2. Membership. The Compensation Council consists of 16 members: two
2.15members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house; two
2.16members of the senate appointed by the majority leader of the senate; one member of the
2.17house of representatives appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives;
2.18one member of the senate appointed by the minority leader of the senate; two eight
2.19 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
2.21district appointed by the governor, of whom no more than four may belong to the same
2.22political 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
2.24governor or the chief justice shall be as provided in section 15.059, subdivisions 3 and 4.
2.25The Legislative Coordinating Commission shall provide the council with administrative
2.26and support services.

2.27    Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 15A.082, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
2.28    Subd. 3. Submission of recommendations. (a) By May April 1 in each
2.29odd-numbered year, the Compensation Council shall submit to the speaker of the house
2.30and the president of the senate salary recommendations for constitutional officers,
2.31legislators, justices of the Supreme Court, and judges of the Court of Appeals and district
2.32court. The recommended salary for each other office must take effect on the first Monday
2.33in January of the next odd-numbered year, with no more than one adjustment, to take
3.1effect on January 1 of the year after that. The salary recommendations for legislators,
3.2 judges, and constitutional officers take effect if an appropriation of money to pay the
3.3recommended salaries is enacted after the recommendations are submitted and before
3.4their effective date. Recommendations may be expressly modified or rejected. The salary
3.5recommendations for legislators are subject to additional terms that may be adopted
3.6according to section 3.099, subdivisions 1 and 3.
3.7(b) The council shall also submit to the speaker of the house and the president of
3.8the senate recommendations for the salary ranges of the heads of state and metropolitan
3.9agencies, to be effective retroactively from January 1 of that year if enacted into law. The
3.10recommendations shall include the appropriate group in section 15A.0815 to which each
3.11agency head should be assigned and the appropriate limitation on the maximum range of
3.12the salaries of the agency heads in each group, expressed as a percentage of the salary of
3.13the governor.

3.14    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.

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