Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 v. State – Case Brief Summary (Washington)

In Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 v. State, No. 99-2-27054-1 (filed Nov. 18, 1999), individual union members and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 (Amalgamated Transit) alleged that I-695 violates the single-subject and subject-in-title requirements of article II, section 19, that I-695, section 2 provides for an automatic referendum on all future tax and fee increases in violation of article II, section 1(b)'s requirements that any referendum petition must have the signatures of four percent of the voters and that measures providing for the support of government and its public institutions are not subject to referendum, and that I-695 violates article II, section 37, which requires the text of any acts amended or revised by a new enactment be set out in the new act.

Amalgamated Transit sought a declaratory judgment that I-695 violates the state constitution in its entirety and a permanent injunction against enforcement of any of the provisions of I-695.