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: