Skip to comments.Washington State Democrats Lawsuit Attempts to Squash Voice of the People
Posted on 07/26/2011 2:34:52 PM PDT by 92nina
Democratic lawmakers in Washington State sued the state yesterday in a desperate attempt to establish a means of raising taxes on Washingtonians. This myopic lawsuit will overturn Initiative 1053, a voter-approved requirement that two-thirds of the Legislature must approve tax increases. The Democrats falsely and outrageously believe the voter-approved two-thirds requirement unconstitutionally prevents lawmakers from sucking the money out of Washingtonians wallets for government funded projects. This lawsuit bucks the Washington State Constitution and the will of the people of the Evergreen State. According to the Washington State Constitution, Article I, Declaration of Rights, Section 1, Political Power: All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.
In light of Article I, Section 1, the Washington State government must follow the will and consent of the people. Washingtonians have spoken not once, but four times in regards to limiting the Legislatures ability to raise taxes since 1993. Furthermore, this is not decade old voter sentiment because I-1053 was approved by voters in 2010. The potential condemnation of this lawsuit is overwhelming...
Read more: http://www.atr.org/washington-state-democrats-lawsuit-attempts-squash-a6363#ixzz1TFSSRB6x
(Excerpt) Read more at atr.org ...
How likely is that State Supreme Court likely to favor the Democrats in overturning 1053?
I have seen so many things in this state that are just baffling. Now I read things like this and just say, “And that’s why I’m moving to Kentucky.”
And after two years of trying, I finally AM! Next Tuesday.
Buh bye rainy state. I’ve enjoyed you since 1966 but you aged poorly.
I am laughing at all this crap coming down...the hippies are dying off, and this is their last chance....and they are losing...laugh it off, ‘cuz in 5 years, this will all be irrelevant..
So, to you Washington DEMs - SUCK EGGS WEASEL !!!
SECTION 1 LEGISLATIVE POWERS, WHERE VESTED. The legislative authority of the state of Washington shall be vested in the legislature, consisting of a senate and house of representatives, which shall be called the legislature of the state of Washington, but the people reserve to themselves the power to propose bills, laws, and to enact or reject the same at the polls, independent of the legislature, and also reserve power, at their own option, to approve or reject at the polls any act, item, section, or part of any bill, act, or law passed by the legislature. (a) Initiative: The first power reserved by the people is the initiative ... Such initiative measures, whether certified or provisionally certified, shall take precedence over all other measures in the legislature except appropriation bills and shall be either enacted or rejected without change or amendment by the legislature before the end of such regular session ... If any such initiative measures shall be enacted by the legislature it shall be subject to the referendum petition, or it may be enacted and referred by the legislature to the people for approval or rejection at the next regular election ... The legislature may reject any measure so proposed by initiative petition and propose a different one dealing with the same subject, and in such event both measures shall be submitted by the secretary of state to the people for approval or rejection at the next ensuing regular general election ... If a majority voting on the first issue is for either, then the measure receiving a majority of the votes on the second issue shall be law. (b) Referendum. The second power reserved by the people is the referendum, and it may be ordered on any act, bill, law, or any part thereof passed by the legislature, except such laws as may be necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety, support of the state government and its existing public institutions ... (c) No act, law, or bill subject to referendum shall take effect until ninety days after the adjournment of the session at which it was enacted. No act, law, or bill approved by a majority of the electors voting thereon shall be amended or repealed by the legislature within a period of two years following such enactment: Provided, That any such act, law, or bill may be amended within two years after such enactment at any regular or special session of the legislature by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house with full compliance with section 12, Article III, of the Washington Constitution, and no amendatory law adopted in accordance with this provision shall be subject to referendum. But such enactment may be amended or repealed at any general regular or special election by direct vote of the people thereon. (d) The filing of a referendum petition against one or more items, sections, or parts of any act, law, or bill shall not delay the remainder of the measure from becoming operative ... The veto power of the governor shall not extend to measures initiated by or referred to the people ... Any measure initiated by the people or referred to the people as herein provided shall take effect and become the law if it is approved by a majority of the votes cast thereon: Provided, That the vote cast upon such question or measure shall equal one-third of the total votes cast at such election and not otherwise. Such measure shall be in operation on and after the thirtieth day after the election at which it is approved ... [AMENDMENT 72, 1981 Substitute Senate Joint Resolution No. 133, p 1796. Approved November 3, 1981.]
It is only the DEMS in the legislature that want to do this ...
HELL !!! It was the DEM citizens that APPROVED the initiative ...
Bloomberg had the city council overturn a term limits law so he could run again. Arrogant people believe they should be allowed to do anything.
How I wish I was back in Breckinridge Co. Kentucky.
Yes, that is a given. It is to be expected of the Dems.
But my question was about the Washington State Supreme Court. Have they overturned the will of the people like this in the past? Is it packed with Liberals?