- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has granted expedited review to an appeal of a ruling that struck down a 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 narrowly 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.

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