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ELECTIONS: Bill would nullify majority will

Letter by George C. Robison, Gig Harbor on Feb. 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm with No Comments »
February 14, 2014 2:45 pm

In her legislative update to voters, state Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, supports SJR 8213 to amend the Washington Constitution to require a two-thirds majority vote of the Legislature to raise taxes. She argues that such received the support of state voters and therefore should be adopted.

Her argument is contrary to a bill she has co-sponsored, SR 6307, which would nullify the votes of all voters and local representative public bodies in all counties, cities and subdivisions thereof regarding efforts to provide minimum employment standards for businesses within the jurisdiction.

SeaTac voters would see their efforts to set a minimum wage thrown out. Local efforts to regulate sick leave and vacation time would be tossed.

Article 1, Section 1 of the state constitution provides, “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.” Angel would change that, in some cases, to replace “people” with “Legislature.”

State Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, is also a co-sponsor of SR 6307. Voters throughout the county should urge their legislators to reject SR 6307 and HR 2591.

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