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Tue., Feb. 9, 2010, 12:17 p.m.

WA Lege Day 30: Debate on changes to I-960 begins

OLYMPIA -- Senate Democrats are making a move to simplify changes to rules governing tax increases. Rather than a complicated array of changes to Initiative 960, they are suggesting an amendment that simply suspends it until July 1, 2011.

The original bill suspended the two-thirds majority for some tax votes until that time, but repealed other changes, such are removing tax loopholes, permanently.

At July 2, 2011, the entire initiative would go back in place, they said.

Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, has moved to suspend the three-minute rule on debate.

There will be a fair amount of parliamentary wrangling for the next few minutes..

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