How apropos of looking at what legislators do: they want to examine what they should earn

Eye on the Statehouse says that Ohio HB 184 would authorize the creation of a commission that would look at the adequacy of legislators’ salaries. Given my first post of the day – about what do legislators actually do – I can understand the motivation to get a handle on how the salary matches the work.

Eye feels that the problem with the suggestion is that the commission would be composed of the legislators themselves. But how Eye says this is misleading: Eye’s assertion makes it sound as though the entire composition of the commission would be legislators. That’s very, very far from the truth.

From the Legislative Service Commission’s analysis:

Composition and operation of the Commission

The Elected Officials Review Commission consists of the following 24 members:

(1) Two members appointed by the Governor.

(2) Two Senate members, with one each appointed by the Senate President and the Senate Minority Leader.

(3) Two House of Representatives members, with one each appointed by the House Speaker and the House Minority Leader.

(4) One member appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

(5) One member to represent each of the following organizations jointly appointed by the House Speaker and the Senate President:

· The organization that represents township trustees and clerks.

· The organization that represents clerks of the courts of common pleas.

· The organization that represents county auditors.

· The organization that represents county commissioners.

· The organization that represents county coroners.

· The organization that represents county engineers.

· The organization that represents county recorders.

· The organization that represents county treasurers.

· The organization that represents prosecuting attorneys.

· The organization that represents sheriffs.

· The organization that represents members of boards of education.

· The organization that represents judges of courts of common pleas.

· The organization that represents judges of courts of appeal.

· The organization that represents judges of municipal courts.

· The organization that represents judges of county courts.

· The organization that represents clerks of municipal courts.

· The organization that represents the mayors and legislative authorities of municipal corporations. (Section 1(B).)

Appointments must be made to the Commission within 30 days after the bill’s effective date. A member must not be appointed from an organization listed above if that organization
is affiliated with a political party. Vacancies must be filled in the same manner as provided for the original appointment. (Section 1(C).)

I agree that the composition should not favor or bias the electeds, but I fail to see how Rep. Dodd’s proposal does either.

1. There are a total of 24 on the commission.

2. Of those 24, two would be from the Senate, and two from the House. Of those four, the majority party and the minority party get to choose one each from their chamber.

3. In conclusion, out of 24, four would be elected legislators.

Come on, Eye, let’s be fair in how the info is presented. Otherwise, you undermine whatever legitimacy you believe you have or are seeking to establish, nu? Four out of 24? I don’t see major alarm bells.

Someone want to provide evidence in either direction, do it (something which isn’t done in the Eye’s post).

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