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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.

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