Speaker of the House Mark Mickelson

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.