The fate of some proposed state constitutional amendments is coming down to the wire at the Capitol, where the regular session ends on Monday. Majority Republicans have pushed several ideas which do not need the signature of the governor to be put on the ballot in the fall of 2012.
They include a requirement to show a photo ID when voting, a ban on same-sex marriage, and a requirement to have a supermajority in the legislature to approve many tax increases.
Having multiple amendments on the ballot, if it happens, isn't all that unusual. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with David Schultz about the sometimes colorful history of changing the state's constitution. Schultz is a professor at Hamline University and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Law and Politics at the University of Minnesota.