abc
QUICK LINKS:

Senators Back Higher Bar for Minn. Voter Amendments

Updated: 03/03/2014 4:39 PM
Created: 03/03/2014 9:44 AM WDIO.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Proposed amendments to Minnesota's Constitution would be less frequent under a proposal backed by a state Senate committee.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk told the Senate State Government Committee Monday that it should be harder to change the state constitution. In recent years, the Legislature forwarded a number of amendments to the ballot.

Voters defeated the failed gay marriage ban and photo ID requirement for voting in 2012. In 2008, they approved a small sales tax increase to fund programs in natural resources and the arts.

Bakk has proposed a constitutional amendment to limit constitutional amendments. It would ask voters whether three-fifths majorities of the House and Senate should be required to forward future amendments to the ballot.

Bakk says he has lined up Republican support for his amendment.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Front Page

  • 17-Time Beargrease Finisher 'A Special Musher'

    Four-time Beargrease champion Jamie Nelson finished the marathon for the 17th time on Wednesday. Her handler and longtime friend says her success and longevity is no coincidence. "Jamie's a special musher."

  • Up-Close Look at Winter Layup in the Port

    U.S. Flag Fleets transport more than 115 million tons of cargo per year, but all of that weight combined with last year's heavy ice, means a lot of repair damage during this year's winter layup.

  • Anderson Takes Top Spot in Tight Beargrease Finish

    After more than 300 miles on the trail, musher Ryan Anderson and his team clinched first place in the 31st annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. His team of 11 pulled into the finish line at Billy's Bar in Duluth just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. This is Anderson's second full-distance win. He won the marathon back in 2011 when he beat out musher Nathan Schroeder by just 20 seconds

  • Beargrease 2015: Crossing the Finish Line

    For first-time mushers and veterans, there's just something about crossing that Beargrease finish line. Erin Altemus, who took fourth place in the marathon, said it's the same for the dogs. "There is a psychological thing about that," she said. "They sort of understand that they're at the end."

  • Northland Company Accused of Age Discrimination

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a large heating and plumbing contractor in northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota.

 
Advertisement