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HF 1598

1st Engrossment - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 05/03/2011 04:37pm

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1.1A bill for an act
1.2proposing an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution by adding a section to
1.3article IV; requiring a three-fifths vote to enact a law imposing or increasing
1.4certain taxes.
1.5BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

1.6    Section 1. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.
1.7An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the
1.8amendment is adopted, a section shall be added to article IV to read:
1.9Sec. 27. Passage of a law that increases the general rate or expands the taxable base of
1.10a state tax on income or sales or increases property taxes requires the vote of three-fifths
1.11of the members of each house of the legislature. A law increases property taxes if the law:
1.12(1) increases a property tax rate or levy set or mandated under state law; or
1.13(2) authorizes a governmental unit to impose or increase a property tax rate or levy
1.14without voter approval.
1.15Passage of a law that creates a new tax of statewide applicability also requires the
1.16vote of three-fifths of the members of each house of the legislature.
1.17    This section does not apply to a single law that increases income, sales, or property
1.18taxes or imposes a new tax, if the law also decreases taxes and does not, on a permanent
1.19basis, increase the total amount of revenues estimated to be raised from state taxes and
1.20property taxes.

1.21    Sec. 2. SUBMISSION TO VOTERS.
1.22The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2012 general
1.23election. The question submitted must be:
2.1"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to prevent the legislature from
2.2increasing state income, state sales, or property taxes unless approved by a three-fifths
2.3(60%) vote in each House?
2.4
Yes
.....
2.5
No ..... "

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