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State Lawmakers Plan Would Put Anti-Tax Rule in Constitution

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SEATTLE, WA - Washington state senators are considering a proposal that would enshrine an anti-tax rule in the Washington Constitution.
    
A Senate committee held a public hearing Tuesday on a constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes.

Lawmakers are exploring the issue a year after the state Supreme Court found a voter-approved version of the two-thirds rule to be unconstitutional.
    
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman says voters have a right to consider the amendment after approving the tax rule multiple times at the ballot. Social services lobbyist Nick Federici says a constitutional amendment is an excessive approach.
    
The measure is sponsored by most of the Republicans in the Senate. Many Democrats oppose the amendment.

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