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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington's Supreme Court has struck down the state's voter-approved $30 car tab initiative. The court handed down a ruling Thursday morning on I-976, the Tim Eyman-sponsored initiative that sought to cap car tab costs at $30, saying the initiative is unconstitutional. Washington voters had approved the measure with 53 percent of the vote in November of 2019.

Opponents of I-976 have the initiative used “seemingly popular provisions to gain passage of unpopular ones” and mislead voters on the potential impact. Plaintiffs in the case included the City of Seattle, King County, the Washington State Transit Association, Association of Washington Cities, the Port of Seattle, the Garfield County Transportation Authority, and others.

“I’m proud of my legal team, who worked long hours to defend the will of the voters, arguing successfully at the trial court that Initiative 976 was constitutional," said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson in a statement following the ruling. “Tim Eyman will, of course, do what he has done throughout this case — blame everyone but himself. He will again blame my outstanding legal team, even though the Supreme Court allowed interveners to present Eyman’s arguments. He will again blame my office for language in the ballot title that he specifically requested to be included in the title, and that was pulled word-for-word from his initiative. He should look in the mirror and apologize to voters for once again sending them an initiative that failed to survive a legal challenge and deliver on its promises," added Ferguson.