Eyman Launches Initiative 1185, Hasn't Given Up on Fighting Red-Light Cameras

Tim Eyman, a man the Everett Herald refers to as an "initiative impresario" (he's certainly been called worse) announced plans earlier this week for his latest tax-limiting endeavor. Under the official header of Initiative 1185 and eying this November's ballot, Eyman has begun the signature gathering process for an initiative he's dubbed the "Son of 1053" - a reference to Eyman's Initiative 1053, approved by voters in 2010 by a roughly 63-percent to 36-percent margin and requiring a two-thirds legislative majority or voter approval to raise taxes.

Eyman's latest effort is described as a renewal of1053, and he'll have until July 6 to gather 241,153 valid signatures to get it on November's ballot.

The reason for this initiative: Pesky state law allows voter-approved initiatives to be amended after two years, much like lawmakers amended the similarly tax-limiting Initiative 960 in 2010 to allow for several tax bills. Eyman tells the Herald that with the possibility looming of liberal lawmakers carving up 1053 next January, the time to renew the initiative is now.

"We have learned our lesson: we must give the voters the opportunity to pass this initiative again or else the Legislature will gut I-1053 the way they did I-960," Eyman told supporters in an emailed release Monday. "That's what we're fighting for in 2012."

Eyman also tells the Herald to expect a "mind-blowing, tax increasing orgy" in Olympia next legislative session should Initiative 1185 fail.

As the Herald's story also notes, Eyman chose to pursue Initiative 1185 after filing paperwork for several possible initiatives in January, including one banning the installation of red-light cameras without voter approval.

"This session's seemingly endless stream of tax-hiking bills tipped the scales in favor of doing 'Son of 1053' as this year's initiative," writes Eyman in Monday's statement.

That said, Eyman tells The Seattle Weekly he hasn't given up on fighting red-light traffic cameras.

"We will continue to give voters the chance to ban those obnoxious ticketing cameras at the local level and state level with a possible state initiative and continued lobbying of the legislature," says Eyman.

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