Senate committee approves putting 2/3 requirement into state constitution

Saturday, March 2, 2013

(From our news partner, The Seattle Times)

Hours after the state Supreme Court declared a supermajority requirement for tax increases unconstitutional, Republicans have started a quest to revive the threshold — by amending the constitution. 
The GOP-run Senate budget-writing committee voted 13-10 Thursday afternoon to enshrine the requirement in the constitution. 
The proposed constitutional amendment, like the initiative-imposed state law that was struck down earlier Thursday, would require legislation to increase taxes to obtain support from two-thirds of lawmakers or a majority vote of the people.

An amendment to the State constitution requires a two-thirds vote of both houses of the legislature and a majority popular vote in a statewide election.


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