Supreme Court Overturns 2/3 Tax Majority RequirementPosted: Updated:
NBCRightNow.com - The Washington State Supreme Court ruled to overturn the 2/3 majority requirement on tax legislation Thursday.
Washington voters have approved the measure several times over the last two decades, requiring supermajority approval on any tax-related legislation.
The high court ruled in a six to three decisions, saying the way Washington has adopted the requirement is unconstitutional. Rather than by initiative, as it's been done for 20 years, the court said it needs to be approved as a constitutional amendment.
Cargill said in the November election, Initiative 1185 (the last time this issue was put to voters) was exceedingly popular. He said it passed with almost 10 percentage points more than President Obama in the state.
Opponents of the 2/3 majority say Thursday's ruling will give legislators the tools they need to fund the state's education programs. Which the Supreme Court previously ruled is the legislature's 'paramount duty.'