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Wa Lege Day 43: Senate takes up I-960

OLYMPIA — The state Senate is taking up the suspension of various provisions of Initiative 960 again this evening.

The House has sent the suspension back, and it means a straight up or down vote.

Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, said the House did one good thing, which was adding back the notification provisions of the tax impacts of any proposals.

But the rest of it is still bad, he said. It still should have the requirements that every legislators record on tax votes be printed in the voters pamphlet, and the advisory vote in November of any tax that’s increased.

“Every legislator should welcome the advice of the people,” said Benton, who recently announced his campaign for U.S. Senate.

Republicans can’t amend the bill. So debate has begun.


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


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