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Two-Thirds Tax Vote Fails in Washington Senate

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OLYMPIA, WA - A measure that could have let voters decide whether the state Constitution should be amended to require a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to raise taxes has failed in the Senate.
It needed a two-thirds majority to pass out of the Senate but failed on a 25-21 vote Wednesday. Lawmakers were exploring the Constitutional amendment process after the state Supreme Court found a voter-approved version of the two-thirds rule to be unconstitutional last year.
The proposal, sponsored by most Republicans in the Senate, was opposed by many Democrats.
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman, who brought the issue before voters, said in January that the public has a right to consider the amendment after approving the tax rule multiple times at the ballot.