State lawmakers mull higher hurdle for constitutional amendments

Author:
Updated:
Original:

State lawmakers are pondering whether to make it more difficult for the Minnesota Legislature to send a constitutional amendment proposal to voters.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, wants to require a three-fifths majority vote in the Legislature before any constitutional amendment would be placed on the November ballot, the Associated Press reports. Currently, a simple majority of lawmakers in each chamber must approve such measures.

The issue follows the 2012 election in which the then-GOP controlled Legislature had put two highly controversial constitutional amendments on the ballot, one to effectively ban gay marriage, and the other to require photo IDs when voting.

Voters shot down both amendment proposals. On the gay marriage ban amendment, the House had narrowly voted 70-62 to send the issue to voters; the Senate had voted 37-27.

On Monday, the Senate State Government Committee will consider several proposed constitutional amendments that would change the constitutional amendment process itself, including Bakk's plan to require a three-fifths legislative vote, the AP reports. Another proposal would require a two-thirds vote.

Next Up

Mondale

Walter Mondale dies at age of 93

His death was confirmed by family on Monday.

National Guard

Man charged in connection to shooting that injured National Guard troops

Four soldiers were inside a military vehicle that was shot at.

Chauvin trial

Walz declares emergency in Twin Cities, bringing in police from Ohio and Nebraska

The governor has asked the Legislature for emergency funding for the additional police.

derek chauvin court - closing arguments

Closing arguments in Derek Chauvin trial: Here's what was said

The jury listened to lengthy presentations from the prosecution and defense.

helicopter-186718_1280

Man, 55, airlifted to a hospital after hit-and-run in Granite Falls

The passenger in the vehicle told police about the incident.

Minneapolis, unrest

Facebook labels Minneapolis 'high-risk,' will remove posts that incite violence

Facebook will remove posts that call for weapons to be brought to Minneapolis and anything that celebrates George Floyd's death.

MyPillow

After being sued, MyPillow is now suing Dominion Voting Systems

The company's lawsuit claims the voting system suppressed free speech and hurt its business relationships.

Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren makes his decision ... and it's Gonzaga

The Minnesota basketball phenom is following the footsteps of Jalen Suggs.

Sarah Glover

MPR News hires NBC's Sarah Glover as new managing editor

The experienced journalist was the first to serve two terms as president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

football play

Watch: Sixth-grader with cerebral palsy makes touchdown in Detroit Lakes

Kale Hannahs' classmates made sure he got a chance to play during recess.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, April 19

The latest from Minnesota health officials.

Related

GOP lawmakers push amendments to state constitution in 2012

The Republican controlled House and Senate are looking to make nearly a dozen changes this year, but without Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's approval. Lawmakers can make this happen by passing legislation that puts an amendment on the November ballot. KARE 11 reports the same sex marriage legislation is the only amendment on this year's ballot right now, but others being considered include Voter ID laws, Right to Work issues, abortion restrictions and tax limitations.