McDaniel: Severance Tax Hike May Not Need 3/4 Vote in Legislature

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says increasing the state's severance tax on natural gas through the Legislature may not require as many votes as other tax increases.

McDaniel told a county judge's association yesterday that his office has begun researching whether increasing the tax on natural gas production would require a 3/4 vote in both chambers of the Legislature.

If the larger vote isn't necessary, it would help efforts to try to increase the tax through the Legislature rather than through a proposed initiated act currently being reviewed by McDaniel's office.  Governor Beebe has said he would consider calling a special session to raise the tax if a deal can be worked out with legislators and natural gas firms.

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