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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It’s my view, and I believe many of you would agree, that state government must live within its means. Since 1993 there have been six initiatives to put limits on tax increases.  Each time it was approved by the voters, and then overturned by legislators or the courts.  The most recent was Initiative 1366.

Upload Flicker PhotosHouse Joint Resolution (HJR) 4215 was introduced last week to refer a state constitutional amendment to the November ballot that would require a two-thirds vote of both legislative bodies for any tax increase. Or the Legislature could refer the action to the voters, in which case, a simple majority would be sufficient.

I strongly support this proposal – it is time for lawmakers to represent the will of the people. HJR 4215 is on its way to the House Finance committee where it awaits a hearing.

Last summer, I told you about a loophole in state law that allows someone to put a car in your name without you knowing, dump the car and leave you with the towing charges. The bill to remedy this, House Bill 2274 has been approved by the House Transportation Committee and is on its way to the House floor for a vote.

As always, please feel free to contact me with your questions, concerns and ideas. My legislative aide, Cami, and I are here to help.  My email, phone number and mailing address are at the bottom of this update.


Mark Harmsworth

State Representative Mark Harmsworth, 44th Legislative District
466 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7892 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000