UPDATE Hearing on Vancouver lightrail petition extended

first_imgKELSO — A Cowlitz County Superior Court judge wants to do a little extra homework before deciding if he will overturn a state law regarding multiple signatures on municipal petitions.Saying he wants to review the reasons why the law has previously been renewed by the Legislature, Judge Stephen M. Warning said Wednesday he would extend the hearing to 1:30 p.m. on March 27 at the Hall of Justice in Kelso.“Give me a chance to look into it,” Warning said. He said overturning such a law is not a matter he will take lightly.The law in question states that on municipal petitions, “signatures, including the original, of any person who has signed a petition two or more times shall be stricken.”The matter went before the court after a group of 75 plaintiffs from Vancouver challenged the law as unconstitutional after officials struck 606 signatures from a petition that asks the city of Vancouver to place a vote on light rail funding on the ballot.last_img read more