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Originally published Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

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Senate panel OKs supermajority for tax hikes

The Republican-controlled Senate Ways and Means Committee has voted to constitutionally require the Legislature to have a two-thirds majority in both chambers in order to pass a tax increase.

The Associated Press

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

The Republican-controlled Senate Ways and Means Committee has voted to constitutionally require the Legislature to have a two-thirds majority in both chambers in order to pass a tax increase.

The vote on Thursday comes hours after the Washington Supreme Court struck down an initiative-passed law requiring the legislative supermajority for tax hikes on constitutional grounds.

The measure passed by a 13-10 vote, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats except Sen. Rodney Tom of Medina voting against.

The bill faces an uphill battle to pass into law. It would need a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and the Democratic-controlled House as well as a majority vote of the people.

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