House starts debate on suspension of I-960 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

House starts debate on suspension of I-960

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state House is continuing a week of heated debate over the temporary suspension of Initiative 960.
     
Minority Republicans used their limited power Tuesday night to delay a final vote on the measure by moving to indefinitely postpone hearing the bill. The debate on that procedural move was expected to take several hours, and the actual vote on the bill would likely not come until Wednesday morning.
     
I-960 requires that two-thirds of the Legislature approve any tax increase. The Senate endorsed suspension of that rule until July 2011, when the next two-year budget cycle begins. It's a move majority Democrats said they needed to make as they deal with patching a budget deficit now pegged at $2.8 billion.

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