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Default Washington State Supreme Court rules in car tabs case, finds I-976 unconstitutional

Full article at https://www.theolympian.com/news/pol...mainstage_lead

The Washington State Supreme Court has struck down the initiative voters passed last year that sought to reduce the cost of car tabs.

"“The people of our state have the power to propose and approve legislation,” Justice Steven González wrote for the majority. “When the people act in their legislative capacity, they are, like any other legislative body, bound by constitutional constraints. Under our constitution, ‘[n]o bill shall embrace more than one subject, and that shall be expressed in the title.’ Initiative Measure 976 (I-976) contains more than one subject, and its subject is not accurately expressed in its title. Accordingly, it is unconstitutional.”

Of the nine justices, all but Barbara Madsen signed the opinion. In her concurring opinion she explained: “Though I disagree with the majority that I-976 violates the subject-in-title rule, I agree that the measure contains an impermissible separate subject and is unconstitutional for that reason.”"
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What is a "car tab"?
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What is a "car tab"?
Here in WA State we call the "stickers"/"decals" you get, when you pay the yearly registration fees, to put on the license plate "car tabs".



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Officials in Washington state work to block voter-passed initiative that would have lowered car registration fees.

"The Washington State Department of Licensing is collecting the inflated car registration ("car tab") fees that the voters had just rejected in November. Initiative 976 passed with 53 percent of the vote, limiting state and local licensing fees to $30. Officials upset at the prospect of losing the ability to pay for transit with motorist funds turned to a local judge who was more than willing to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the measure from taking effect."

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""Delaying the effective date of a law enacted by initiative is an extraordinary measure and it is debatable whether the challengers have shown a likelihood of success on their constitutional challenges to the initiative," the dissenting justices wrote. "While the challengers point to significant losses in revenue and service that could result from a stay and the state highlights the cost of any necessary taxpayer refunds, these monetary injuries are not the only ones that matter. Also important is the potential harm to voters' confidence in the initiative system and our democratic process as a whole.""
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