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75TH SESSION

2007–2008 } ASUN SENATE { REPORT


75–41

TO PLACE A QUESTION ON THE BALLOT FOR THE 2008 GENERAL ELECTION


REQUESTING THE AUTHORIZATION FOR THE SENATE OF THE ASSO-
CIATED STUDENTS TO INCREASE THE COMPENSATION OF SENATORS

FEBRUARY 21, 2008.—Reported to the Senate and ordered printed

Mr. MCDONALD, from the Committee on Budget and Finance,


submitted the following

R E P O R T

[To accompany S. B. 75–47]

The Committee on Budget and Finance, having had under consid-


eration S. B. 75–47, by a nonrecord vote, report the same to the Se-
nate favorably with the recommendation that the bill do pass.
PURPOSE AND SUMMARY
The bill proposes a ballot question for placement on the 2008 Gen-
eral Election ballot seeking the authorization for the Senate to in-
crease the compensation of Senators up to a stated maximum
amount. An increase cannot take effect until the next Senate session.
The ballot question seeks the authorization for the Senate to fix the
compensation of Senators at a maximum of a $500 grant per semester
in addition to the equivalent to the cost of 14 undergraduate credit
hours per year. The maximum compensation allowed is tied to the
cost of an undergraduate credit, thus may increase each time tuition
and fees increases. Table 1 below shows the comparison between cur-
rent levels of compensation and proposed levels of compensation us-
ing fiscal year 2008 figures.

TABLE 1. COMPARISON OF COMPENSATION LEVELS.

COMPENSATION GRANT STIPEND TOTAL


CURRENT $0 $724.50 $724.50
6 credit hour equivalent stipend
PROPOSED $1000 $1690.50 $2690.50
14 credit hour equivalent stipend
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BACKGROUND AND NEED
In August, a study was compiled comparing the compensation of
ASUN Senators to several other student governments within the Ne-
vada System of Higher Education. That report concluded, “Based on
data from UNLV, TMCC, and CSN, the pay of their respective sena-
tors ranges from 3.1 to 4.5 times more than an ASUN senator.” (Stu-
dent Government Compensation). The report also pointed out that
the ASUN President earns more than 12 times a Senator.
Noting the extreme pay disparity between Senators and the Presi-
dent, and also among other student governments within the NSHE,
the Committee decided to propose an increase.
IMPACT ON FUTURE BUDGETS
The Committee is cognizant of the fact that an increase to senatori-
al compensation will have an impact on future budgets. The Commit-
tee computed several alternative scenarios regarding the impact
compensation would have on the budget. The Committee concluded
that there is sufficient revenue available to place all officer compen-
sation on budget and to allow for an increase as proposed by the bill.
If approved, and using fiscal year 2008 figures, the aggregate increase
in senatorial compensation would be $41,286.
SUMMARY OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION
The Committee held meetings on February 7 and 14, 2008. The
Committee explored several options regarding compensation levels of
Senators and concluded that an increase was advisable. The Commit-
tee reported out a bill favorably on February 14.
SPENDING LEVELS AUTHORIZED BY THE BILL
The bill does not authorize spending.
CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT
The Committee finds that the Constitutional authority for this leg-
islation is provided in Article I, section 1(e), which states that the
elected members of the Government are to receive a compensation to
be set by law, but that any increase is subject to the approval of the
voters in a general election.