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By Tim Gruver
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Legislature proposal overhauls initiatve review process

 


A lot of time and money goes into writing initiatives you vote on each November, all of which goes to waste if those proposals are struck down as unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.

SB 5386 would ease the process by which state lawyers can challenge the constitutionality of an initiative before it reaches the ballot.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, believes that it would better ensure constitutionally sound initiatives to survive court review.

“Cynics might say there are some people who might bring initiatives to us who purposely draft them in a way that is unconstitutional,” Pedersen said. “But it is absolutely the case that over the last few years, o...



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