New Jersey State Tax Bill Supermajorities Amendment (2014)

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A New Jersey State Tax Bill Supermajorities Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. At least three such measures were proposed in the 2014 legislative session. All of the versions would have required a supermajority in both state legislative chambers for all new or increased taxes. The measures varied as to whether the required super majority would be three-fifths or two-thirds.[1][2][3]

Three proposed measures to create this supermajority requirement include Assembly Concurrent Resolutions 19 and 58, as well as Senate Concurrent Resolution 24.



SCR 24

ACR 19

ACR 58

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See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

At the time in New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments had two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature could either qualify it with supermajority approval of 60 percent in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions. This measure did not receive the necessary supermajority required for a 2014 ballot placement. ACR 19 and ACR 58 were introduced on January 16, 2014. ACR 19 was referred to the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.[4] ACR 58 was referred to the Assembly Budget Committee.[5] SCR 24 was introduced in the Senate on January 14, 2014, and referred to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.[6]

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