Senate panel backs constitutional amendment for supermajority
Thursday, February 28, 2013
OLYMPIA — The Republican-controlled Senate Ways and Means Committee has voted to constitutionally require the Legislature to have a two-thirds majority in both chambers in order to pass a tax increase. The vote on Thursday comes hours after the Washington Supreme Court struck down an initiative-passed law requiring the legislative supermajority for tax hikes on constitutional grounds.
The measure passed by a 13-10 vote, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats except Sen. Rodney Tom of Medina voting against.
The bill faces an uphill battle to pass into law. It would need a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and the Democratic-controlled House as well as a majority vote of the people.