The original Article VII was passed by the convention with little debate (Airey, 1945, 471). The article was a mixture of original language mingled with sentences and phrases borrowed from many other states, including Texas, California, Oregon, Kansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, as well as the 1878 draft Washington Constitution. Nevertheless, Washington’s court early viewed its taxation article as “radically different” from any other constitution in the Union and cautioned against citation to other states’ cases (Culliton v. Chase, 1933;...
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