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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state House is continuing its two-day debate over the temporary suspension of tax-limiting Initiative 960.
     
After a six-hour debate Tuesday night in which the Republican minority sought to indefinitely postpone action on the bill, the House started debate on final passage Wednesday morning.

After an hour, they said they would return at 8 p.m. to continue the contentious debate and to vote on the bill.
     
The initiative requires that two-thirds of the Legislature approve any tax increase, a significant hurdle compared to the simple majority approval needed for other bills.
     
The Senate already has endorsed a suspension of that rule until July 2011. Majority Democrats say they nee to make that move to patch a $2.8 billion budget deficit.

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