A state lawmaker is calling for the Legislature to immediately convene a special session to implement the voter-approved 30-dollar car tab fee recently blocked by a King County judge. Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast reports from Olympia.
During the November 5th general election, Washington voters approved Initiative 976 by around 53 percent. The new 30-dollar car tab fees were to become effective this Thursday, Dec. 5th. Just before Thanksgiving, King County Superior Court Judge Marshall Ferguson blocked the initiative, giving cities and counties time to challenge its legality.
Republican State Representative Jim Walsh from Aberdeen says voters are angry and wonder why they should vote if their wishes are ignored. He’s calling for the Legislature to immediately to enact the 30-dollar car tabs.
WALSH: “We do need to take fast and decisive action as the Legislature to restore balance in the balance of powers, and to restore legitimacy in the eyes of the Washington voters. And this needs to be done now – not a month from now, not six months from now. It needs to be done now.”
SATTGAST: 19th District State Representative Jim Walsh, who said the judge created a crisis of the state’s constitutional balance of powers by interfering with the will of the people.
Although the Legislature is scheduled to convene in regular session on January 13th, Walsh says lawmakers should not wait – that a special session of as little as a day could and should be held now to uphold the voters’ decision on the car tab fees.
John Sattgast, Olympia.