Panel approves bill to repeal non-binding tax advisory votes

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Senate panel has advanced a measure that would repeal the requirement that non-binding tax advisory votes appear on ballots for future elections. The bill to remove those measures from the ballot and voters pamphlet was approved Friday by the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee. A provision under an initiative voters approved in 2007 gives the public the chance to weigh in on tax increases, even though regardless of the outcome, no changes in state law occur from the votes. The measure now heads to the Senate Rules Committee, the last stop before a potential floor vote.