Washington I-1033 supporters file lawsuit regarding ballot language
OLYMPIA, Washington: Supporters of Washington Initiative 1033 (2009) filed a lawsuit last week in Thurston County against Washington state officials in order to halt the use of ballot language that they argue is "erroneous" and "misleading." The lawsuit was filed by a group called Voters Want More Choices, Tim Eyman and Jack and Mike Fagan. Initiative 1033 proposes to "limit growth of certain state, county and city revenue to annual inflation and population growth, not including voter-approved revenue increases."
According to the lawsuit, ballot measure supporters argue that the ballot language is intended only to provide examples of revenue sources rather than an exclusive list of revenue sources covered by the initiative. Additionally, they want to remove exclusions from the revenue limit of state and federal grants received by cities and counties.
A hearing is scheduled for Friday, September 11, at 9 a.m. in Thurston County Superior Court. Judge Anne Hirsch will be hearing the case. The deadline for accepting ballot language is September 18.