It's constitutional amendment week at the State Capitol.
This week, Republican lawmakers introduced amendments to ban gay marriage and require photo identification when voting. Thursday, House members introduced a measure to ask voters another question:
"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require a three-fifths vote of each house of the legislature to pass a law that increases state income, state sales, or property taxes?"
The gay marriage and photo id amendments have been fast-tracked.
In the House, the photo id amendment was introduced Wednesday and also has a hearing Friday.
The photo id amendment runs parallel to a legislative move to require identification at the polls. That measure passed the full Senate Thursday.
A little review of the path a constitutional amendment must go through:
- A majority of the Legislature must approve. It require no signature from the governor.
- It must appear on a general election ballot. That would mean 2012 for these amendments if they get that far.
- A majority of those voting in the general election must vote for the amendment. Those voting in the election but not voting on the amendment are counted as "No" votes.