Minnesota Legislative Referral Voting Requirements Amendment (2014)
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Currently, a simple majority is required to place a referral onto the ballot.
- Sen. Cohen (D-64) said, "If you’re going to amend the Constitution, that should be done on a bipartisan basis."
- 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.”
Media editorial positions
- 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."
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.
- MinnPost, "Prospect of 2 'good-government' amendments raised, but legislative action seems unlikely," February 20, 2014
- Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Are amendments' path to the ballot too easy?," March 15, 2014
- Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Minnesota Senate panel backs higher bar for putting constitutional amendments on ballot," March 3, 2014
- Duluth News Tribune, "Our view: Make it harder to alter state constitution," March 4, 2014
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