A majority of Senate lawmakers approved the November-only amendment, which reluctant Democrats saw as a way to win over reluctant Republicans.The "November election" amendment, which the WEA opposed, gave supermajority proponents an out--they could basically vote "no" and without coming out against simple majorities. 40% of taxpayers will still get to set levy policy.
But in the end, that wasn't enough. Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt and other GOP members voted no anyway, saying they had heard from school personnel that a November election would not work. Three Democrats--Sen. Tim Sheldon of Potlatch, Sen. Brian Hatfield of Raymond and Sen. Ken Jacobsen of Seattle--also voted no, guaranteeing the measure's failure.
Two senators from each party were absent, and Senate Joint Resolution 8207 failed by a 30-17 margin; it needed 33 votes to pass. Hatfield also voted against, but it was in protest of the November-only limit. He later changed his vote to yes, which in effect left the measure two votes shy of passage.
(The truth is, Washington's levy system creates massive inequities in the first place--so giving levies a better chance is only a stopgap measure. Oh, and Tim Sheldon is a Democrat in the way that Diet Rite is a refreshing beverage.)