State Supreme Court grants expedited hearing on Eyman's anti-tax I-1366 appeal

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has granted expedited review to an appeal of a ruling that struck down a voter-approved tax-limiting initiative.

The high court said Friday that it would hold oral arguments on the appeal of the ruling on Initiative 1366 on March 15.

Last week, a King County judge struck down the measure as unconstitutional. He said it was a thinly disguised effort to propose a constitutional amendment — which can't be done by initiative in Washington — and that it also violated the rule that initiatives be limited to a single subject.

Voters last fall approved I-1366, which would cut the sales tax by 1 percentage point, beginning April 15, unless lawmakers allow a public vote on a constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds supermajority in the Legislature for future tax increases.