OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of a voter-approved initiative making it more difficult for the Legislature to raise taxes.
In an order filed Thursday, Chief Justice Barbara Madsen said the court has agreed to an expedited review of the case. Several legislators and education groups say that it is unconstitutional to require a two-thirds majority of lawmakers to raise taxes.
Voters approved the rule two years ago, and initiative promoter Tim Eyman is asking the public to renew the measure in November.
A King County judge determined that the law is invalid because the state constitution says only a simple majority is needed for the passage of tax measures.