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License feesLimit.

(1) State and local motor vehicle license fees may not exceed
$30 per year for motor vehicles, regardless of year, value, make, or model.
(2) For the purposes of this section, "state and local motor vehicle license fees" means the general license tab fees paid annually for licensing motor vehicles, including but not limited to cars, sport utility vehicles, light trucks under RCW 46.17.355, motorcycles, and motor homes, and do not include charges approved by voters after *December 5, 2019. This annual fee must be paid and collected annually and is due at the time of initial and renewal vehicle registration.
[ 2020 c 1 § 2 (Initiative Measure No. 976, approved November 5, 2019).]

NOTES:

Reviser's note: *(1) "December 5, 2019," has been substituted for "the effective date of this section." However, see Garfield Cnty. Transp. Auth., et al. v. State, No. 19-2-30171-6 (King County Superior Court).
(2) As to the effectiveness of this section, see Garfield Cnty. Transp. Auth., et al. v. State, No. 19-2-30171-6 (King County Superior Court). As of December 10, 2019, appeals remain ongoing.
FindingsIntent2020 c 1 (Initiative Measure No. 976): "Voters have repeatedly approved initiatives limiting vehicle costs, yet politicians keep ignoring the voters' repeated, unambiguous mandate by imposing higher and higher vehicle taxes and fees. It's not fair and it must stop. Without this follow-up ballot measure, vehicle costs will continue to skyrocket until vehicle charges are obscenely expensive, as they were prior to Initiative 695. This measure and each of its provisions limit state and local taxes, fees, and other charges relating to motor vehicles. This measure would limit annual motor vehicle license fees to $30, except voter-approved charges, repeal and remove authority to impose certain vehicle taxes and charges; and base vehicle taxes on Kelley Blue Book rather than the dishonest, inaccurate, and artificially inflated manufacturer's suggested retail price (MRSP) [(MSRP)]. Voters have repeatedly approved initiatives limiting vehicle costs. Politicians must learn to listen to the people." [ 2020 c 1 § 1 (Initiative Measure No. 976, approved November 5, 2019).]
Reviser's note: See note following this section.
Construction2020 c 1 (Initiative Measure No. 976): "The provisions of this act are to be liberally construed to effectuate the intent, policies, and purposes of this act." [ 2020 c 1 § 14 (Initiative Measure No. 976, approved November 5, 2019).]
Reviser's note: See note following this section.
Short title2020 c 1 (Initiative Measure No. 976): "This act is known and may be cited as "Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs."" [ 2020 c 1 § 17 (Initiative Measure No. 976, approved November 5, 2019).]
Reviser's note: See note following this section.
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