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Minnesota session could see raft of voter amendments

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Jan 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Republicans have a big obstacle to some of their policy goals in Gov. Mark Dayton, but they may try a potent workaround in the legislative session that starts Tuesday.

The GOP already succeeded in setting a statewide vote on whether to ban gay marriage via the state Constitution.

Now they're considering others. One would require voters to show a photo ID; one would require a supermajority of state lawmakers to raise taxes, and one would make membership in labor unions voluntary.

Dayton says it's a misuse of a lawmaking process that should include input from both the executive and legislative branches. But he can't stop it because Minnesota governors can't veto proposed constitutional amendments.

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