legislator pay

Speaker of the House wants voters to decide whether legislators should get a pay increase.

A bill on the senate floor streamlines the licensing process for mental health and other counselors moving to South Dakota from other states. HB1040 grants licenses to counselors based on years of experience if in good standing.

Lawmakers are weighing the issue of a mother's privacy over her infant's health.

 

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The South Dakota Speaker of the House wants voters to decide whether legislators should get a pay increase.

He wants to tie legislator pay to the median household income in the state, rather than have lawmakers set their own pay. One critic of the measure says legislators should decide what would inevitably be a pay increase, not voters.

Lawmakers Want Voters To Decide On Pay Increase

Nov 13, 2017
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South Dakota legislators are asking voters for a pay raise.

A legislative committee passed a resolution Monday that if passed through the legislature, would put a pay raise question on the ballot.

Lawmakers receive $6,000 a year. They currently have authority to set their own salary. Nineteen ninety eight was the last year lawmakers adjusted their salary.

Republican state representative Mark Mickelson is Speaker of the House. He says legislator compensation is low enough that it discourages many from running for office.