Help me stop the worst anti-initiative bill: sign in NOW to testify on ZOOM tomorrow at 10:30am. We stopped it in 2015 — let’s do it again this year.
If this bill passes into law and empowers the AG to slap a totally biased Surgeon General’s warning label on tax initiatives (but not other kinds of initiatives), then no tax initiative will pass ever again.
100 year law requiring neutral ballot titles is getting thrown out the window.
Please sign up RIGHT NOW to testify on ZOOM at tomorrow’s 10:30am hearing.
Thurs, Feb 17, 2022
In 2015, anti-initiative politicians were pushing a bill that would have inserted a totally biased sentence into the neutral ballot title for certain initiatives.
Here’s what the ACLU said about it:
“We are opposed to the interjection of government sponsored speech on one side or the other of a political debate. Here, the primary purpose of placing this ‘information’ on the ballot is to sway voters into voting against the initiative. This goes beyond mere provision of information, and is designed to sway voters. The State should not use its power to tilt the electoral playing field. Proponents, opponents, and the media already do an active job of informing voters; there is no need for the State to provide an ‘official’ version of that in a prominent place on the ballot, where no other statements for or against are allowed.”
That 2015 bill was defeated because citizens spoke out — LOUDLY — against it.
This year’s bill — Substitute House Bill 1876 — empowers the Attorney General to plaster onto all tax initiatives a Surgeon General’s warning label like on cigarette packs (“The repeal of this tax will result in your favorite government programs being eliminated. Should this measure be approved. Yes ___ No ___”).
For 100 years, ballot titles for initiatives have been legally required to not create bias for or against the measure and must be impartial and non-argumentative (RCW 29A.72.050: Ballot titles must not “create prejudice either for or against the measure”).
This joke of a bill violates our state’s 100 year old neutrality law by purposely injecting obvious bias and takes away the people’s right to judicial oversight:
1) it violates the neutrality law by empowering the Attorney General to insert a loaded, biased sentence into the neutral ballot title BUT ONLY ON TAX INITIATIVES, not on initiatives promoting other topics.
2) it violates the right for judicial oversight by prohibiting citizens from challenging it in court.
Allowing the AG to sabotage the ballot title for tax initiatives puts the thumb on the scale for the no campaign.
HB 1876 inserts into the normally neutral ballot title a loaded, biased sentence telling voters what government programs will be harmed / hurt / defunded if the tax initiative passes.
But every time a tax initiative has passed, the Legislature has adapted to it by moving money around — this biased sentence won’t say that.
And again, that biased sentence will be written by the Attorney General and will not be subject to appeal.
HB 1876 passed the House and is scheduled for a ZOOM hearing tomorrow in the Senate (Fri, Feb 18, 10:30am).
I ask you to sign up RIGHT NOW to testify against it tomorrow (Fri, Feb 18, 10:30am via ZOOM).
1) Click here or here: https://leg.wa.gov/
2) Click on “Testifying in a Virtual Hearing”
3) Click on “Senate”
4) For “Committee”, click on it and scan down and click on “State Government & Elections”
5) For “Meetings”, click on it and scan down and click on “02/18/2022 10:30 AM”
6) Under “Select agenda item”, click on SHB 1876.
7) Click on “I would like to testify remotely”.
8) Click on “Con”
9) type in your name, email, city, state, zip, phone.
10) click on “I’m not a robot”
11) Click on “Submit Registration”
12) Click on “I’m Done”
Is signing up cumbersome and difficult?
Because they don’t want you to do it.
So do it anyway.
Is it any wonder the AG is pushing for a lifetime ban on all my future political activity?
I can’t make any money doing my political activism.
I can’t make any money with my lawsuit against Inslee for abusing his power.
I don’t have the same rights as other Americans do anymore.
So I’m urging you — while I’m fighting to help our state and our nation with my initiative efforts and my lawsuit against Inslee — please help me fight back against Fascist Fergie by donating to my legal defense fund.
Please donate TODAY:
Don’t let the guy who’s profited more from politics than anyone get away with this.
And now a message from Larry Jensen & Sid Maietto:
We’re asking folks to donate to our PAC so we can keep fighting for taxpayers with initiatives sponsored by the three of us (Tim, Sid, & Larry).
The taxpayers of Washington need our help now more than ever. Donate to our political committee so we can keep fighting for you:
Mail your check — made payable to “Permanent Offense” — to: Permanent Offense, PO Box 6151, Olympia, WA, 98507
Or donate online: PermanentOffense.com
Sid Maietto & Larry Jensen
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We love you all.
Larry, Tim, & Sid
P.S. I’m still fighting to get us our $30 Tabs: