E-Board To Give Voters Final Word On Lawmaker Pay Raise

(WNAX) — The Executive Board of the South Dakota Legislature approved a plan last week that would let voters decide if lawmakers should get a pay raise.  The bill that will go to the 2018 session would need a constitutional amendment to set legislative pay at twenty percent of the state median wage, or about ten thousand dollars.  E-Board member, Representative Mike Stevens of Yankton, says pay has not changed for quite a while…

Stevens says if the change is approved, the legislature could not set their own pay…

Stevens says the current pay scale prevents a wider variety of people from running for the legislature…

The legislature would have to approve the amendment, then voters would have a say next November