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Washington Senate OKs suspension of Initiative 960

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 OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state Senate worked late last night to suspend a voter- approved initiative to limit taxes.

The move will make it easier for the Legislature to raise the taxes lawmakers say they need to close a $2.6 billion budget gap.

The 26-22 vote came a day after majority Democrats said they accidentally passed the wrong version of the bill. The measure now heads to the House, where a public hearing has been scheduled for Saturday morning.

Voters passed Initiative 960 in 2007 to require that two-thirds of the Legislature approve any tax increase.

With the measure suspended, lawmakers will be able to raise taxes with a simple majority vote.