This measure would restate existing statutory requirements that legislative actions raising taxes must be approved by two-thirds legislative majorities or receive voter approval and that new or increased fees require majority legislative approval.
Committee members quickly identified 1185 as the work of anti-tax activist Tim Eyman.
One member called it an attempt to “bind the hands of the legislature,” which would only make government more difficult for elected officials. “He’s taking advantage of the fact that this process only requires a majority vote so that [Tim Eyman] can get his way,” another said.
Supporters of the initiative just “want to sabotage government,” one said, and another person noted the irony that“Voters would exercise the majority power to take their majority power away.”
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