Amendment 7 Debate
If Amendment 7 passes, it will require at least a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly to change or disapprove salary raises suggested by the State Salary Recommendation Commission. Otherwise, those salary recommendations will automatically take effect.
House Minority Leader Jeff Harris, D-Boone County, wants voters to take a close look at Amendment 7.
"The real crux of the issue is that it makes it easier for politicians to increase their own pay in Jefferson City," he said. "That's what this amendment is really about."
Added Rep. Bill Deeken, R-Cole County, "This should be two separate amendments. In one way, you are voting to do something against someone who has done wrong, but then, on the other side, you're voting yourself a raise."
Republican Scott Lipke, the amendment's sponsor, said it is not designed as a way for legislators to receive pay increases, but instead to give them a higher level of accountability.
If voters pass Amendment 7, it will take effect in January 2009.