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Bill Establishes Possibility for Additional Taxes for Transit [VIDEO]


One of the more closely watched pieces of legislation in the 2022 Washington State Legislature was SSB 5528, which concerned the imposition of additive revenue sources within a regional transit authority area.

The bill passed the Senate on February 11 by a vote of 28-21 then moved over to the House. The bill narrowly passed the House on March 3 by a vote of 50-48. The Senate then concurred with the House’s amendments, receiving a 29-18 vote.


The bill has been delivered to the Governor, where it has an opportunity to be signed into law.

Watch the testimony then continue reading to learn more about SSB 5528.

SSB 5528 Concerning Regional Transit Authority

Bill Information
Bill Information Page (link)

Concerning: Concerning the imposition of additive revenue sources within a regional transit authority area. Bill as Passed (pdf) Final Bill Report (pdf)
Sponsors: Pedersen, Liias, Hawkins
Votes on Final Passage:  29 Senate 18   |   House 50 | 48

Brief Summary of Bill
(As Approved by Senate)
• Allows a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) to establish one or more enhanced service zones (ESZ) within its boundaries to finance high capacity transportation system improvements directly benefiting the
•Allows an RTA to collect certain additional taxes within an ESZ if a majority of the voters in the ESZ approve.

Unless otherwise noted, the above information was obtained from the official Washington State Legislative website. Future meetings are subject to change. Auburn representatives in bold.

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