Amendment Would Raise Threshold of Votes for Tax Increases

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing a constitutional amendment that would increase the number of votes needed for the Legislature to approve tax increases.

Omaha Sen. Pete Pirsch introduced a measure on Thursday that would require lawmakers to muster at least 29 votes to pass a state tax increase. The Nebraska constitution currently requires a simple majority in the 49-member Legislature.

Pirsch says the additional four votes would require supporters to make a more compelling case for tax increases. But he says the higher threshold would not create an insurmountable obstacle.

Pirsch says he also introduced the amendment because the one-house Legislature doesn't have a second legislative house that can serve as a check on state senators.

The amendment would require voter approval if lawmakers pass it.

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