Iowa: Bill to require supermajority of state Supreme Court (5/7) to declare laws unconstitutional advances

A plan discussed here to require the Iowa Supreme Court have a 5/7 supermajority to declare laws unconstitutional cleared a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday.

News reports quote the lead author of SF 2153 as claiming the proposal is not targeting the current court but that “It’s just too much power to give to four judges to make fundamental changes in our law.”

As noted before, there are two states with similar supermajority requirements (Nebraska and North Dakota) but those are due to constitutional provisions, not statutes.

SF 2153 now goes to the full Senate Judiciary Committee.