Campaign 2012: Amendment Would Cut Pay of Alabama Legislators
You have a chance to cut the pay of Alabama legislators. On the November ballot, you'll find a constitutional amendment proposal that would slash lawmakers' pay by around $8,000 and keep them from automatically getting a cost-of-living raise.
In 2007, lawmakers passed a 61 percent pay raise, and it's continued to leave many people outraged.
Some voters CBS 8 News spoke with say they will be heading to the polls in November to make sure this amendment passes.
As it stands, an Alabama lawmaker's pay averages $53,338 a year.
But come November, Alabamians can repeal that bill. If they vote "yes" on the Pay Cut Amendment, lawmakers would take around an $8,000 pay cut, and will no longer be able to vote on their own pay. Any change would require a vote by the people.
Lawmaker's travel expenses would also change. Legislators would receive the same travel reimbursement as state employees.
If this proposal passes, it would take effect in 2014.
Some legislators have refused to accept the automatic cost-of-living increase. Sixty nine lawmakers declined it, and 35 accepted it.