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Tobacco shop files lawsuit against state

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PASCO, Wash. (AP) - Several roll-your-own tobacco shops have filed a lawsuit over a new state law that seeks to impose new taxes on roll-your-own cigarettes.

The lawsuit filed Friday names the state Department of Revenue and the state Liquor Control Board as defendants. The lawsuit was filed in Franklin County by Dana Henne; 1/2 Price Smokes, Inc. and RYO Machine, LLC. They contend the new taxes violate Initiative 1053, which was passed in 2010 and requires a 2/3rds vote of the state Legislature to raise taxes. The state has about 65 independent roll-your-own tobacco stores.