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A trio of Minnesota House members talk late Monday, May 20, 2013, while waiting for the last bill of the legislative session. From left are Reps. Dan Fabian of Roseau, David Dill of Crane Lake and Denny McNamara of Hastings. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Legislative notebook: Voters will determine how lawmaker pay is decided

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ST. PAUL -- Minnesota voters will decide in 2016 whether decisions about how much legislators are paid should be handed to an independent group.


The House and Senate passed the proposed constitutional amendment in the closing days of the 2013 session. Gov. Mark Dayton has no say in the issue; it goes directly to voters.

“There is a glaring conflict of interest,” Sen. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, said about the current system in which lawmakers set their own pay.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.