HOUSE BILL 1582
State of Washington
2021 Regular Session
ByRepresentatives Walsh, Eslick, Caldier, Orcutt, Jacobsen, Ybarra, Dufault, Boehnke, Young, Chambers, Robertson, Kraft, Goehner, Sutherland, Chandler, and McCaslin
Read first time 04/21/21.Referred to Committee on Finance.
AN ACT Relating to requiring voter approval of tax increases; amending RCW 43.135.034
; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
and 2020 c 218 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
(1)(a) Any action or combination of actions taken
by the legislature that raises taxes may ((be taken only if approved by a two-thirds vote in both the house of representatives and the senate
))only take effect if, and after, a majority of voters voting in the next general election vote to approve the action or combination of actions in the advisory vote required pursuant to RCW 43.135.041. Any action or combination of actions taken by the legislature that raises taxes that fails to receive approval of a majority of voters, as required in this subsection (1)(a), is null and void
(b) Pursuant to the referendum power set forth in Article II, section 1(b) of the state Constitution, tax increases may be referred to the voters for their approval or rejection at an election.
(((b)))(c) For the purposes of this chapter, "raises taxes" means any action or combination of actions by the state legislature that increases state tax revenue deposited in any fund, budget, or account, regardless of whether the revenues are deposited into the general fund.
(2) The state or any political subdivision of the state may not impose any tax on intangible property listed in RCW 84.36.070
as that statute exists on January 1, 1993.
and 2013 c 1 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:
(1)(a) After July 1, 2011, if legislative action raising taxes as defined by RCW 43.135.034
is blocked from a public vote or is not referred to the people by a referendum petition found to be sufficient under RCW 29A.72.250
, a measure for an advisory vote of the people is required and shall be placed on the next general election ballot under this chapter.
(b) If legislative action raising taxes enacted after July 1, 2011, involves more than one revenue source, each tax being increased shall be subject to a separate measure for an advisory vote of the people under the requirements of this chapter.
(2) No later than the first of August, the attorney general will send written notice to the secretary of state of any tax increase that is subject to an advisory vote of the people, under the provisions and exceptions provided by this chapter. Within five days of receiving such written notice from the attorney general, the secretary of state will assign a serial number for a measure for an advisory vote of the people and transmit one copy of the measure bearing its serial number to the attorney general as required by RCW 29A.72.040
, for any tax increase identified by the attorney general as needing an advisory vote of the people for that year's general election ballot. Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays are not counted in calculating the time limits in this subsection.
(3) The secretary of state must provide written notice of the results of any advisory vote required under this section to the office of the code reviser.
(4) For the purposes of this section, "blocked from a public vote" includes adding an emergency clause to a bill increasing taxes, bonding or contractually obligating taxes, or otherwise preventing a referendum on a bill increasing taxes.
If legislative action raising taxes is referred to the people by the legislature or is included in an initiative to the people found to be sufficient under RCW 29A.72.250
, then the tax increase is exempt from an advisory vote of the people under this chapter.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. This act may be known and cited as the empowering Washington voters act.
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