King County judge grants injunction to temporarily block I-976 car tab initiative
KING COUNTY, Wash. — A King County judge has granted an injunction that will temporarily block I-976 from taking effect, according to Q13 .
The court hearing got underway after lawyers for multiple cities and countries in the state said the initiative was misleading and violates Washington’s Constitution.
Judge says lawsuit against 976 is “likely to prevail on the merits of their constitutional challenge to I-976 based on … the Washington Constitution, specifically the ‘subject-in-title’ requirement.” So, in short, the ballot title may have been misleading. #Q13FOX https://t.co/5fcyIqzDmw
— Brandi Kruse (@ BrandiKruse ) November 27, 2019
Voters approved Initiative 976 earlier this month. It caps most taxes paid through annual vehicle registration at $30 and largely restricts the authority of state and local governments to add new taxes and fees.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs told King County Superior Court Judge Marshall Ferguson during arguments Tuesday the initiative contained multiple subjects, contrary to the Constitution, and that its ballot title deceptively suggested it would not restrict the ability of local voters to approve taxes to fund local transportation or transit needs, when it does.