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TVW video of the House Democrats’ points of parliamentary inquiry related to a possible challenge of I-1053’s supermajority for tax hikes

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on June 2, 2011 at 9:28 am |
June 2, 2011 9:27 am

Before debating and “defeating” a bill to end a tax preference for mortgage banking, House Democrats engaged in a scripted exchange of questions and answers on the issue of whether a supermajority can be required for tax increases.

That’s the requirement under Initiative 1053 but some lawyers think the initiative is unconstitutional. That’s because the constitution sets up the vote required for most bills – a simple majority. Only a constitutional amendment can change that, they argue.

I write about the legal and political implications of such a legal challenge in my column today.

Here’s the TVW video of the three questions from House Democrats and the responses by House Speaker Frank Chopp:

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