South Dakota Two-Thirds Majority for Tax Increases Amendment (2014)

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The South Dakota Two-Thirds Majority for Tax Increases Amendment is not on the November 4, 2014 statewide ballot in South Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have required that any ballot measure raising existing taxes or creating new ones receive a two-thirds majority in order to be approved.[1]

Support

The amendment is sponsored by Senator Corey Brown.[1]

Arguments

  • Legislators in support of the measure argued that there is no difference between a tax increase form lawmakers and one initiated by citizens and that both should therefore be subject to the same requirements.[2]

Path to the ballot

Section 1 of Article XXIII of the South Dakota Constitution says that the South Dakota State Legislature can refer a proposed amendment to the state's voters through a majority vote.

On March 5, 2013, the South Dakota House of Representatives voted 35-34 against placing the measure on the ballot. Later that day, a motion to reconsider was voted down, effectively defeating the proposal.[3]

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