Definition of supermajority
: a majority (such as two-thirds or three-fifths) greater than a simple majority
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The fiscal year starts July 1, but beginning Thursday, a three-fifths supermajority rather than simple majority is required for budget approval.
The proposal would remove the current requirement for a three-fifths supermajority to increase taxes to pay for education when the Legislature funds it at a level below a state guideline called the Quality Education Model.
The House’s 67 Democrats would need GOP votes to achieve a 71-vote supermajority.
The vote was 4-3 in favor of the project, but a supermajority -- greater than the four votes in favor -- was required under state law.
But the county's regional board of education fell one vote short of a supermajority needed to endorse the change earlier this spring.
By making the revenue-generating measure a fee rather than a tax, legislative leaders believe only a majority vote would be needed for passage rather than a three-fourths supermajority.
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Legal Definition of supermajority
: a large majority a provision requiring a supermajority vote — say, 80 % of the common shares instead of the usual bare majority rule — R. C. Clark
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