Minnesota Legislative Referral Voting Requirements Amendment (2014)

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The Minnesota Legislative Referral Voting Requirements Amendment may appear on the November 4, 2014 statewide ballot in Minnesota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would require a 60% majority in order for the legislature to place a referral onto the ballot.

Currently, a simple majority is required to place a referral onto the ballot.[1]

The proposed amendment was introduced into the Minnesota Legislature by State Senator Tom Bakk (D-3).

Support

Supporters

Arguments

  • Sen. Cohen (D-64) said, "If you’re going to amend the Constitution, that should be done on a bipartisan basis."[2]

Opposition

Arguments

  • Sen. Dave Thompson (R-58) expressed concern, saying, “On the really controversial, tough issues in our society, are the people going to decide or not? Even with a 60 percent threshold, it's going to be much less likely we get issues before the people.”[3]

Media editorial positions

Support

  • Duluth News Tribune said, "A more thoughtful process before altering the state constitution is good policy, too. Bakk’s proposal and others like it calling for more scrutiny are themselves proposed constitutional amendments. But they’re ones around which Minnesotans can rally and approve. Our constitution is better than the way it’s sometimes treated. It’s more important — and deserves protection from political gamesmanship."[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Minnesota Constitution

In order to refer proposed amendments to the ballot, the amendment must be approved by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Minnesota State Legislature.

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