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i 1053 Complaint

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COMPLAINTFORDECLARATORYJUDGMENTANDINJUNCTIVERELIEF-1
678INTHESUPERIORCOURTOFTHESTATEOFWASHINGTONINANDFORTHECOUNTYOFKING9LEAGUEOFEDUCATIONVOTERS,aWashingtonnon-profitcorporation;10WASHINGTONEDUCATIONASSOCIATION,aWashingtonnon-profit11corporation;LAURIEJINKINS,anindividualtaxpayerandWashingtonState12Representative;DAVIDFROCKT,anindividualtaxpayerandWashingtonState13Representative;JAMIEPEDERSEN,anindividualtaxpayerandWashingtonState14Representative;ROBERTUTTER,anindividualtaxpayerandformerChief15JusticeoftheWashingtonSupremeCourt;KIMBIELSKI,anindividualtaxpayer;16ANDYBUNN,anindividualtaxpayer;REBECCABUNN,anindividual17taxpayer;REUVENCARLYLE,anindividualtaxpayerandWashingtonState18Representative;JOHNCHESBROUGH,anindividualtaxpayer;DEBEDDY,an19individualtaxpayerandWashingtonStateRepresentative;SAMHUNT,an20individualtaxpayerandWashingtonStateRepresentative;AMYMCKENNEY,an21individualtaxpayer;KURTMILLER,anindividualtaxpayerandPresidentofthe22TacomaPublicSchoolsBoardofDirectors;JIMMOELLER,anindividual23taxpayerandWashingtonStateRepresentative;TIMMORMSBY,an24individualtaxpayerandWashingtonStateRepresentative;RYANPAINTER,an25individualtaxpayer;ERICPETTIGREW,anindividualtaxaerandWashintonNo.COMPLAINTFORDECLARATORYJUDGMENTANDINJUNCTIVERELIEF
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1191SECONDAVENUESUITE2100SEATTLE,WASHINGTON98101TELEPHONE:(206)245-1700FACSIMILE:(206)245-1750
 
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1StateRepresentative;CHRISREYKDAL,anindividualtaxpayer,WashingtonState2RepresentativeandTumwaterSchoolBoardMember;CINDYRYU,an3individualtaxpayerandWashingtonStateRepresentative;MIKESELLS,an4individualtaxpayerandWashingtonStateRepresentative;KRISTINSKANDERUP,5anindividualtaxpayer,6Plaintiffs,7v.8TheSTATEOFWASHINGTON;CHRISTINEGREGOIRE,inherofficial9capacityasGovernoroftheStateofWashington,Defendants.1.TheWashingtonStateConstitutionisthefundamentalplanfortheoperation14ofWashingtonState'sgovernment.
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establishesthebasicframeworkunderwhichthe15WashingtonLegislatureandthepeopleoftheStateofWashingtonenactlaws.The16WashingtonConstitutioncannotbeamended,revisedoralteredexceptbywayof17amendmentassetforthintheConstitution.
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cannotbeamended,revisedoralteredby18exerciseoftheinitiativeorreferendumpower.TheWashingtonConstitutionprovidesin19ArticleII,§22thatbillsareenactedaslawbyavoteofamajorityofthememberselected20toeachhouseoftheLegislature.RCW43.135.034,enactedin2010byInitiative105321("I-1053"orthe"Initiative"),unconstitutionallyimposesatwo-thirdssupermajorityvote22ofthememberselectedtoeachhousetoenactlawsthatraisetaxes.ArticleII,§1(b)of23theWashingtonConstitutionsetsforththemeansthroughwhichthepeople'sreferendum24powercanbeexercised.RCW43.135.034unconstitutionallymandatespublicvoteson25billswithoutadheringtotheconstitutionalrequirementsforpublicreferenda.ArticleII,§
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COMPLAINTFORDECLARATORYJUDGMENTANDINJUNCTIVERELlEF-3
PACIFICALAWGROUPLLP
1191SECONDAVENUESUITE2100SEATTLE,WASHINGTON98101TELEPHONE:(206)245-1700FACSIMILE:(206)245-1750
1oftheWashingtonConstitutionsetsforththeLegislature'spowertoenactbillsandArticleVII,§1setsforthitspowertotax.RCW43.135.034'stwo-thirdssupermajorityprovisionsunconstitutionallyinfringeonthesepowers.Asaresultoftheseconstitutionalviolations,RCW43.135.034impairsourState'sabilitytofundessentialservicessuchas5publiceducation,publicsafety,eldercare,andthejusticesystem.Accordingly,RCW43.135.034isunconstitutionalinitsentirety.PlaintiffsseekdeclaratoryandinjunctivereliefagainsttheStateofWashingtontopreventcontinuedenforcementofRCW43.135.034.
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2.PlaintiffLeagueofEducationVoters("LEV")isaWashingtonnon-profitcorporationthatrepresentstheinterestsofWashington'sschoolchildrenanditstaxpayermembersacrossWashingtonState.LEVworkstocreateaneducationalsysteminwhicheverychildinWashingtonhasanequalandadequateopportunitytosucceedincollege,work,andlife.In2000,WashingtonvotersapprovedInitiative728withanalmost72%"yes"vote.Initiative728promisedtolowerclasssizesandprovidemorelearningopportunitiessuchaspreschoolandall-daykindergartenforstudents.ThewritersandsponsorsofInitiative728wentontofoundLEVin2001tofurthertheirefforts.Amongotheractivities,LEVpromotesandlobbiesforlegislationandpolicytoaccomplishitsorganizationalgoalsandfurthertheinterestsofitsmembers.LEVhasbeenanadvocateforenactmentofbillsthatraiserevenuetoimprovetheState'seducationsystem.Thetwo-thirdssupermajorityrequirementharmsLEV'seffortsinthisregard,bothbecauselegislationitpromotesthatwouldraiserevenueisnotfurtheredinthelegislativeprocessduetothetwo-thirdssupermajorityrequirementandbecausesuccessfulbillsforwhichLEVhaslobbiedarethennotfunded.Forexample,LEVwastheleadingproponentofHB2261,passedin2009,whichsetsforthanew,morerobustbasiceducationformula.

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