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.