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2010 Senate Bill 6843: Repealing provisions of voter approved I-960
  1. Introduced by Sen. Margarita Prentice, (D-Renton) (D) on February 4, 2010, modifies Initiative Measure No. 960 by repealing the provision that required the state to provide a ten year fiscal impact statement on fiscal bills, to ensure consistency with state budgeting and provide means for the Legislature to raise new revenues and stabilize revenue collections in order to preserve funding for education, public safety, health care, and safety net services for elderly, disabled, and vulnerable people. The bill also repeals the two thirds requirement of the legislature to enact tax increases without a vote of the people and allows current and future legislatures to increase taxes with a simple majority vote.
    • Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 4, 2010.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 9, 2010.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. James Hargrove (Hoquiam) (D) on February 9, 2010, to strike original bill and provides suspends only provisions of the 2/3 vote requirement from I-960. The striker amendment also adds an emergency clause. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 9, 2010.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. James Hargrove (Hoquiam) (D) on February 9, 2010, to correct the title making it consistent with the bill. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 9, 2010.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Mike Carrell (Lakewood) (R) on February 9, 2010, to reduce the period from which a simple majority of the legislature can raise taxes from July 1, 2011 to January 1, 2011. This is designed to prevent authorization for a simple majority to raise taxes from extending into the 2011-13 biennium. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 9, 2010.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry (Moses Lake) (R) on February 9, 2010, to add a referendum clause. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 9, 2010.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Honeyford (Sunnyside) (R) on February 9, 2010, to remove the emergency clause. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 9, 2010.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Joseph Zarelli, (R-Ridgefield) (R) on February 9, 2010, to conform the title to the striker. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on February 9, 2010.
  2. Passed 26 to 23 in the Senate on February 9, 2010, to provide legislative intent related to raising revenue in the 2009-2011 fiscal biennium. From the effective date through July 1, 2011, any action or combination of actions by the Legislature that raises taxes may be taken with the approval of a majority of members elected to each house of the Legislature. The bill has an emergency clause and would take effect immediately.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on February 12, 2010.
    • Referred to the House Finance Committee on February 12, 2010.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 11, 2010.

Comments

Re: 2010 Senate Bill 6843 (Repealing provisions of voter approved I-960)  by M_DragonKnight on February 25, 2010 

Too:


Once the government is free of waste and inefficiency, once useless governemt programs are cut, once legislature quit voting themselves pay raises, and once when the Gov submits a budget that doesn't acutally rely on raising taxes and cut the bloated government, and once the Queen recovers all the surplus she has spent on bloating the governement, I will agree with you. But, I think Hell will host the winter Olympics before that happens...


And before you begin whining about how you know because you work with a church, I do to, and what the state proposes and did is criminal.


Vote the bat-rastards out!


 



Re: 2010 Senate Bill 6843 (Repealing provisions of voter approved I-960)  by I Pay Taxes Too on February 25, 2010 

I SUPPORT temporarily repealing I-960.  It is an entirely different time and economy than when we, the voters, approved I-960, which calls for an entirely different response.  It's time to open our eyes and hearts (and wallets!) and deal with what's in front of us instead of plugging ears and chanting nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah.  I work with my church's rental assistance program and we also administer a small publicly-funded (eg- taxpayer funded!) matching grant.  Let me tell you that 1) dozens of people's homes and lives have been saved by this type of program and 2) the vast majority of the people helped are working stiffs like you and me who thought they'd never need the help, but by God they're happy it's there when THEY need it.   Let's support our neighbors and take a larger view of the world than just what's in it for us.  Because sometime, who knows, you just might need it for you.





Re: 2010 Senate Bill 6843 (Repealing provisions of voter approved I-960)  by Twestby on February 25, 2010 

 We have been shown by our Legislature that we are no longer represented but rulled. I hope the short memoried voters of this state are happy.


Our legislators count on the fact that the voters in this state have the attention span of a 3 year old and will forget about this by the time the next election comes around.


Those of us who wish to be represented by people who listen to us need to be sure this is remembered untill all currently sitting politicians are replaced. Though the Republicans tried to vote against it they could have done more to bring this travisty to light but they didn't.


Though the outcome would have been the same, there would have been a bigger uproar against it. The legislature is a toilet and needs to be flushed! I for one will work hare to fire my representatives. They don't even have the guts to go on talk radio to justify their position.



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