General Assembly: 77 (1998 Regular GA) - Chapter 1229 - Proposed constitutional amendment — qualifications of electors


Published: 1998

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CH.1228 LAWS OF THE SEVENTY-SEVENTH GA, 1998 SESSION 912

Sec. 2. The following amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa is proposed: The Constitution of the State of Iowa is amended by adding the following new sections to

new Article XIII:

ARTICLE XIII. THREE-FIFTHS MAJORITY FOR TAX LAW CHANGES.

THREE-FIFTHS MAJORITY TO INCREASE TAXES. Section 1. A bill containing provi- sions enacting, amending, or repealing the state income tax or enacting, amending, or repealing the state sales and use taxes, in which the aggregate fiscal impact of those provi- sions relating to those taxes results in a net increase in state tax revenues, as determined by the General Assembly, shall require the affirmative votes of at least three-fifths of the whole membership of each house of the General Assembly for passage. This section does not apply to income tax or sales and use taxes imposed at the option of a local government.

THREE-FIFTHS MAJORITY TO ENACT NEW STATE TAX. Sec. 2. A bill that estab- lishes a new state tax to be imposed by the state shall require the affirmative votes of at least three-fifths of the whole membership of each house of the General Assembly for passage.

ENFORCEMENT OF THREE-FIFTHS MAJORITY REQUIREMENT. Sec. 3. A lawsuit challenging the proper enactment of a bill pursuant to section 1 or 2 shall be filed no later than one year following the enactment. Failure to file such a lawsuit within the one-year time limit shall negate the three-fifths majority requirement as it applies to the bill.

Each bill to which section 1 or 2 applies shall include a separate provision describing the requirements for enactment prescribed by section 1 or 2.

IMPLEMENTATION. Sec. 4. The General Assembly shall enact laws to implement sec- tions 1 through 3.

Sec. 3. The foregoing proposed amendments to the Constitution of the State of Iowa are referred to the General Assembly to be chosen at the next general election for members of the General Assembly and the Secretary of State is directed to cause them to be published for three consecutive months previous to the date of that election as provided by law.

CHAPTER 1229 PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT - QUALIFICATIONS OF ELECTORS

S.l.R. 9

First Time Passed

A JOINT RESOLUTION proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa relating to the qualifications of electors.

Be It Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. The following amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa is proposed: Section 5 of Article II of the Constitution of the State of Iowa is repealed and the following

adopted in lieu thereof: DISQUALIFIED PERSONS. Sec. 5. A person adjudged mentally incompetent or con-

victed of any felony shall not be entitled to the privilege of an elector.

Sec. 2. The foregoing amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa is referred to the General Assembly to be chosen at the next general election for members of the General Assembly, and the Secretary of State is directed to cause the same to be published for three consecutive months previous to the date of that election as provided by law.