- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Senate has passed a proposal that would allow a new commission to set pay levels for elected public officials - should voters agree to that idea.

The measure is sponsored by Senate President Keith Faber (FAY’-bur), who says it would take pay increases and adjustments out of the hands of politicians. The Legislature currently sets certain pay raises.

The proposal seeks to amend the Ohio Constitution to create a nine-member commission that would review and determine compensation for legislators, statewide officers, county officials and judges. The General Assembly would have certain authority to reject final pay amounts. The commission would not set the pay of those elected under home rule authority.

Should the idea clear the Legislature, the proposal could go before voters in the fall election.

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