Washington License Tab Fees, Initiative 776 (2002)

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Washington Initiative 776, I-776, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in the State of Washington where it was approved. However, a Washington judge declared in 2003 that I-776 was unconstitutional. I-776 would have required license tab fees to be $30 per year for motor vehicles, including light trucks. Certain local-option vehicle excise taxes and fees used for roads and transit were repealed by the measure, but reinstated when a judge ruled against it.

Election results

Initiative 776
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 901,478 51.47%
No849,98645.53%

King County Superior Court judge Mary Yu said in her 2003 ruling against I-776 that it violated the state's single-subject rule because it sought "to achieve two unrelated purposes" -- to set license fees at $30 and to encourage a public revote on Sound Transit's light rail program."[1]initiative without overreaching.

I-776 was sponsored by Tim Eyman, Ray Benham, M.J. Fagan and Leo Fagan. They turned in 260,898 signatures to qualify I-776 for the ballot.

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