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Ruling expected on 1053 challenge

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SEATTLE, Wash.- A judge is expected to rule Wednesday on whether a lawsuit challenging the tax initiative that requires a super majority of the Legislature to raise taxes should go forward.        

Voters approved Initiative 1053 in November 2010. The measure has prevented lawmakers from adopting tax increases since then. 

The League of Education Voters, the teacher's union, parents, taxpayers and lawmakers have challenged the initiative, arguing it violates the intent of the state constitution.

Lawyers representing the state say the case was brought prematurely because no one has effectively challenged the initiative during the legislative process.         

The state of Washington is the defendant because once voters approve an initiative it becomes state law.