Advisory votes on tax increases under fire
Opponents say voters have approved the practice for a reason
Last updated 2/11/2020 at 11:05pm
Advisory votes that give voters a chance to let lawmakers know their opinions on legislation to increase taxes may be removed from future ballots.
Instead, senators are considering replacing advisory votes with a public opinion task force.
The proposal is not about silencing voters, but rather finding different ways to collect “genuine,” feedback from voters, said the sponsor of Senate Bill 6610, Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue.
Advisory votes, like the 12 that appeared on the November 2019 ballot, have been informing voters of tax-increasing legislation since 2008 after voters approved...