LANSING, Mich. — Today Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) introduced a resolution to amend the state constitution and halt pay raises for elected officials until an election for that office has been held.

Currently, lawmakers and elected officials could approve a pay raise for themselves and have it take effect during the same term that they are serving.

“Elected officials should not be able to increase their own pay until after they have gone back to the people who elected them and asked for approval,” Sen. Hertel said.

Joint Resolution J would freeze a change in compensation for an elected official until an election for that official’s office has intervened. It would also eliminate the existing conflict of interest by delaying any pay raise for lawmakers until voters give final approval.