Proposal Would Have Commission Set Salaries For Legislators

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters may be asked whether to have the State Ethics Commission review and set salaries for state legislators.

State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto on Monday presented a proposed constitutional amendment to a legislative committee in advance of next year's 30-day legislative session, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

New Mexico is the only state where lawmakers receive no salary for their work, though taxpayers pay for travel expenses and an allowance for meals and lodging when the Legislature is in session. Many lawmakers also have access to public pension benefits.

The proposal is subject to voter approval. It would have the commission review and establish salaries for legislators every two years and also set the salaries of all elected officers of the executive and judicial branches.

Ivey-Soto said providing lawmakers with a salary would allow more people to serve in the Legislature.