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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)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

  • New York Officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in City

    A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday. He's the fourth confirmed case in the U.S. and the first in the nation's biggest city.

  • Minn. Officials Walk Through Mock Ebola Scenario

    More than 100 representatives from several Minnesota agencies are going through a mock exercise to review the state's preparedness in the event of a case of Ebola.

  • Lydia Marie Barney Woman Charged with Murder after Stabbing in Stoney Brook Township

    There is new development in the murder case on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The husband of the victim has been released, and he is facing no charges. Instead, the woman who police had been searching for, Lydia Marie Barney, has been charged with second degree murder.

  • No Injuries in Early Morning Esko Structure Fire

    Deputies say there were no injuries in an early morning structure fire in Esko Thursday. Crews responded to the 200 block of Nelson Road around 4:30 a.m. Deputies said the cause of the fire was not suspicious.

  • 1 Dead, 1 Arrested in Cass County Crash

    An Aitkin County man is in custody and another person is dead after a two-vehicle head-on collision in Cass County. 

 

Dense Fog Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Southern Cook, North Shore; Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 10/24/2014 11:00 AM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement