Tim Eyman files language for his 2010 initiative

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January 12, 2010

Eyman filing the "Save the 2/3rds vote for Tax Increase" initiative.
Photo credit: Office of the Washington Secretary of State

OLYMPIA, Washington: Ballot initiative activist Tim Eyman filed the language for a proposed November 2, 2010 ballot initiative on January 11 with the Washington Secretary of State. He was joined by Republican state senators Pam Roach and Janea Holmquist.[1]

Eyman's proposal is called "Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases". Right now in the State of Washington, it takes a 2/3rds supermajority vote of the Washington State Legislature to raise taxes or hike fees. That limit was put in place in November 2007, when the state's voters approved Eyman's Taxpayer Protection Initiative, I-960.

Laws governing the initiative process in Washington allow the state legislature to amend or repeal a voter-passed initiative like I-960, but the state's law does require a 2/3rds vote to amend or repeal an initiative within 2 years after passage. Now that the two years are up, Eyman expects the state legislature to revoke the provisions of I-960 and that is why he is sponsoring a new initiative in 2010 to restore the 2/3rds supermajority requirement.[1]

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