Baumgartner uses bill to mock state Supreme Court

The Seattle TimesFebruary 17, 2014 

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner has introduced a bill that borrows language from a recent state Supreme Court ruling to mock the justices he believes have overstepped their constitutional boundaries.

Senate Bill 6568 would order the court to increase the number of cases it considers annually by 50 percent by the 2017-2018 calendar and require the justices to “draw upon its purported budgetary expertise and provide a report by April 30, 2014, as to how it plans to fully implement this order and provide a timetable for funding its plan.”

In January, the justices said the state Legislature was not acting quickly enough to respond to a court order to increase education spending by the 2017-2018 school year. The court set an April 30 deadline for lawmakers to submit “a complete plan for fully implementing its program of basic education.”

“The need for immediate action could not be more apparent,” the court order said.

“The need for immediate action could not be more apparent,” Baumgartner’s bill says.


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