HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION Z

 

May 5, 2011, Introduced by Reps. McMillin, Shirkey, Heise, Goike, Knollenberg, Price, Agema, O'Brien and LaFontaine and referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

 

     A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state

 

constitution of 1963, by amending sections 12 and 13 of article IV

 

and by adding section 55 to article IV, to limit the legislative

 

session, to reduce salaries and expense allowances of members of

 

the legislature, to reduce compensation of state legislators who

 

have absences from legislative session, and to prohibit state-paid

 

retirement and health care for legislators.

 

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the

 

state of Michigan, That the following amendment to the state

 

constitution of 1963, to limit the legislative session, to reduce

 

salaries and expense allowances of members of the legislature, to

 

reduce compensation of state legislators who have absences from

 

legislative session, and to prohibit state-paid retirement and


 

health care for legislators, is proposed, agreed to, and submitted

 

to the people of the state:

 

ARTICLE IV

 

     Sec. 12. The state officers compensation commission is created

 

which subject to this section shall determine the salaries and

 

expense allowances of the members of the legislature, the governor,

 

the lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the secretary of

 

state, and the justices of the supreme court. The commission shall

 

consist of 7 members appointed by the governor whose qualifications

 

may be determined by law. Subject to the legislature's ability to

 

amend the commission's determinations as provided in this section,

 

the commission shall determine the salaries and expense allowances

 

of the members of the legislature, the governor, the lieutenant

 

governor, the attorney general, the secretary of state, and the

 

justices of the supreme court which determinations shall be the

 

salaries and expense allowances only if the legislature by

 

concurrent resolution adopted by a majority of the members elected

 

to and serving in each house of the legislature approve them. The

 

senate and house of representatives shall alternate on which house

 

of the legislature shall originate the concurrent resolution, with

 

the senate originating the first concurrent resolution.

 

     The concurrent resolution may amend the salary and expense

 

determinations of the state officers compensation commission to

 

reduce the salary and expense determinations by the same proportion

 

for members of the legislature, the governor, the lieutenant

 

governor, the attorney general, the secretary of state, and the

 

justices of the supreme court. The legislature shall not amend the


 

salary and expense determinations to reduce them to below the

 

salary and expense level that members of the legislature, the

 

governor, the lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the

 

secretary of state, and the justices of the supreme court receive

 

on the date the salary and expense determinations are made. If the

 

salary and expense determinations are approved or amended as

 

provided in this section, the salary and expense determinations

 

shall become effective for the legislative session immediately

 

following the next general election. The commission shall meet each

 

2 years for no more than 15 session days. Expense allowances for

 

members of the legislature shall only be paid for reasonable and

 

actual expenses for transportation, lodging, and meals during the

 

periods that the legislature is in session. An individual who first

 

became a member of the legislature after 2012 shall not receive any

 

state-paid retirement or insurance benefits based on his or her

 

legislative service. The legislature shall implement this section

 

by law.

 

     Sec. 13. Except when the legislature is called to convene on

 

extraordinary occasions, the legislature shall only meet as

 

provided in this section. The legislature shall meet at the seat of

 

government on the second Wednesday in January of each year at

 

twelve o'clock noon. Each regular session shall adjourn without

 

day, on a day determined by concurrent resolution, at twelve

 

o'clock noon. Any business, bill or joint resolution pending at the

 

final adjournment of a regular session held in an odd numbered year

 

shall carry over with the same status to the next regular session.

 

In 2013 and every year after 2013, the legislature shall meet for


 

not more than 90 consecutive days.

 

     Sec. 55. The salary of a legislator who does not attend

 

session on any day the legislative body is in session shall be

 

reduced on a pro rata basis. The salary of a legislator shall not

 

exceed 25% of the per capita salary of a private sector full-time

 

Michigan worker as calculated by the federal government. If a

 

special session of the legislature is called, legislators may be

 

paid an additional per diem based on their base salary.

 

     Resolved further, That the foregoing amendment shall be

 

submitted to the people of the state at the next general election

 

in the manner provided by law.