According to the Seattle Times, King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller ruled a supermajority vote to raise taxes is in conflict with the state Constitution's provision for a simple majority. A lawsuit claimed a supermajority requirement prevented lawmakers from funding schools and other services.
The lawsuit was filed last year by two statewide education groups and a dozen Democratic state lawmakers seeking to overturn the two-thirds requirement.
"We won on pretty much every issue," said Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, a plaintiff in the case who is also an attorney. "All of the procedural things that have been the death of previous challenges, we won on every point. On the merits of the case itself, he agreed with all of our arguments."
State Attorney General Rob McKenna sent out a statement saying "we will appeal this decision because we believe these voter-enacted laws are constitutional, and we are determined to defend the will of the voters, just as we defend laws passed by the Legislature."