3 initiatives pass the legislature

Initiatives passed by the legislature do not require the governor’s signature and will become law 90 days after the session's close.

OLYMPIA… Yesterday, the Washington State legislature passed three initiatives, the most ever enacted by the legislature. Initiatives 2111, 2113, and 2081 all represent a comprehensive approach to enhancing the quality of life in Washington State. From protecting economic interests without imposing income taxes to ensuring communities are safe through effective law enforcement and supporting parents’ rights in their children’s education. Initiatives passed by the legislature do not require the governor’s signature and will become law 90 days after the session’s close.

Washington State Senator Matt Boehnke, R-Kennewick, is proud of his Republican colleagues and appreciates the party’s strong support on all three initiatives.

“These measures collectively embody the principles of freedom, safety, and family values that Washingtonians hold dear,” Sen. Matt Boehnke, R-Kennewick, said.

I-2111 bans the adoption of personal income and bans any further efforts to pass a state income tax. The bill passed by a vote of 38-11, with all 20 Senate Republicans and 18 Democrats voting yes.

“By prohibiting the imposition of personal income taxes at both state and local levels, Initiative 2111 safeguards the financial freedom of Washingtonians, ensuring that our hard-earned money remains in our pockets,” Sen. Boehnke said. “This measure is a critical step towards maintaining the state’s competitive edge and upholding a century-long tradition of fiscal responsibility.”

I-2113 passed the Senate 36-13 restores the reasonable suspicion standard for police pursuits and takes stronger steps to protect our communities and lower the crime rate.

“Initiative 2113 is essential for restoring the ability of our law enforcement to effectively protect our communities. By removing undue restrictions on police pursuits, this measure ensures that officers have the necessary tools to apprehend suspects who threaten public safety, thereby enhancing the security and well-being of all Washingtonians,” Sen. Boehnke said.”

The third initiative, I-2081, which passed the Senate unanimously, restores parental rights that currently exist in law.

“Initiative 2081 empowers parents in Washington State by affirming their right to be fully involved in their children’s education. This Parents’ Bill of Rights is a testament to our belief in the importance of family engagement and transparency within our schools, ensuring that parents have a voice in the educational materials and policies that shape their children’s futures,” Sen. Boehnke said.