Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Pay For State Lawmakers Could Be Cut Through Proposed Ballot Issue

Ohio Secretary of State's website
Ethics First - You Decide Ohio Committee's Initiative

Ohio lawmakers might see a pay cut in their future if a group pushing a proposed constitutional amendment gets its way.

Jack Boyle is with a group that is circulating petitions to put before Ohio voters a package that he says would do four simple things, starting with tying legislator pay with median Ohio household income.

“Their pay will equal our pay. Second, they can’t pass any bill unless it affects them as well. Third, they can’t lobby for pay for a period of two years. And fourth, their records have to be kept safe for four years under government control. Period.”

The Ohio Ballot Board approved the issue for circulation last week but divided it into three separate proposals. Boyle says his group is looking over its legal options now. Once the group decides how to proceed, more than 305,000 valid signatures will be needed by the end of June to put the proposals before voters this fall.

Contact Jo Ingles at