New Jersey Limited Constitutional Convention on Property Taxes and Government Spending Amendment (2014)

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A New Jersey Limited Constitutional Convention on Property Taxes and Government Spending Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. At least two such measures were proposed in the 2014 legislative session. The first, identical measures Assembly Concurrent Resolution 91 and Senate Concurrent resolution 85, were primarily sponsored by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-6) and Sen. Shirley Turner (D-15). It would have made a temporary constitutional amendment to call a limited constitutional convention in order to reform the system of property taxation and to propose statutory changes.[1][2] Assemblyman Brian Rumpf (R-9) and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove (R-9) sponsored another measure, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 124, which would have also called for a convention to reform the property tax system, as well as to reduce government spending.[3]

Text of measure

ACR91/SCR 85

If the measure had been placed on the ballot in its introduced form, it would have appeared as follows:[1][2]

NJ2014 ACR91 SCR85 as introduced.JPG[4]

ACR 124

If the measure had been placed on the ballot in its introduced form, it would have appeared as follows:[3]

NJ2014 ACR124 as introduced.JPG[4]

Support

ACR 91/SCR 85 supporters

ACR 124 supporters

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

In New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments have two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature can either qualify it with supermajority approval of 60 percent in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions.

ACR 91 was introduced on January 16, 2014, and referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.[5] SCR 85 was introduced on March 17, 2014, and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.[6]

ACR 124 was introduced on February 24, 2014, and referred to the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.[7]

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