Senate Passes School Levy Simple Majority Amendment

Today the Washington Senate passed Engrossed House Joint Resolution 4204. This measure proposes to amend the Washington State Constitution to allow school levies to pass by a simple majority of voters voting in an election. The measure passed with the bare minimum 33 votes needed to pass a constitutional amendment. Because the measure was unchanged in the Senate, it now goes to Governor Gregoire, who is expected to sign it. After being singed by the Governor, the measure will be put before the voters for adoption in the November 2007 election. The measure does not change the 60% super-majority requirement to pass school construction bonds.