The state Senate proposed a bill this afternoon to suspend Tim Eyman's I-960 rule (the initiative voters passed in 2007 that requires a two-thirds vote of the legislature to raise taxes)
Five of the nine sponsors are Seattle legislators: Sens. Margarita Prentice, Ed Murray, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Joe McDermott, and Adam Kline.
960 sponsor Eyman says, "This is just throwing gasoline on the fire," referring to his latest initiative, 1053, which would lock the 960 provisions right back in. Eyman needs close to 300,000 signatures to get his measure on the ballot.
"What's particularly galling," he adds, " is that they're not just getting rid of the two thirds requirement, but they're even repealing the transparency requirements." The bill repeals the 10-year-out fiscal analysis of any proposed tax increase that was required by 960.
Eyman also got off a quip about Sen. Majority Leader Lisa Brown (D-3) who tried, but failed, to have 960 thrown out in court last year.
"I don't see Sen. Brown on there," Eyman said. "She does lawsuits, but she won't even co-sponsor a bill."