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Change To Legislator Salary Comes Down To State Senate

Mar 5, 2018
SDPB

The South Dakota House of Representatives is passing a Senate bill to increase legislator pay, initially, by tying their salaries to the median household income in South Dakota.
 
A State Senate panel also passed an identical bill on the same day.
 
That means the State Senate will determine whether lawmakers receive a bump up in pay.
 

Jenifer Jones / SDPB

A Senate panel is killing a proposal asking voters to tie legislator pay to one-fifth of the median household income in South Dakota.

The panel voted unanimously to table House Joint Resolution 1001. A bill with similar language is working through the legislature.

Republican State Senator Ryan Maher says the legislature needs to make the decision whether to increase their pay, not the voters. He says that should be an in-house decision.

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.

 

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

  

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
Melissa Hamersma Sievers / SDPB

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.