Washington Initiative 996 (2008)

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Washington Initiative 996 was intended by its sponsors to qualify for the November 4, 2008 ballot in Washington, but did not ultimately qualify.

I-996 would have eliminated the requirement to renew motor vehicle registrations each year, as well as the associated fees, making the initial registration good for life. The measure would have also mandated fuel taxes be increased in an amount sufficient to offset the lost revenue from vehicle registration renewals.

Initiative 996 was a citizen-initiated state statute.

The official ballot measure summary, "This measure would repeal certain laws relating to the licensing of motor vehicles. It would repeal certain fees associated with a vehicle’s license, other than initial registration. Initial valid registrations would remain valid without a renewal requirement. The Department of Licensing would annually report fees that would otherwise have been collected but for their repeal. The Department of Revenue would be required to increase fuel taxes in an amount sufficient to offset the lost fees."


I-996 was sponsored by David Henshaw of Tacoma, Washington.

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