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ST. PAUL - On a 68-62 vote, the Minnesota House passed the final details of a proposed constitutional amendment to give a commission the right to set legislator pay.

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The amendment "would give away our right as legislators" to decide pay raises, Rep. Jason Metsa, D-Virginia, said.

Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth, said the proposal would ensure that lawmakers get pay raises without them being forced to take a politically difficult vote. Metsa, however, said no legislator would be required to take any pay raise the commission would grant.

Minnesotans are to vote on the proposed amendment in 2016.

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