LOS ANGELES -- Washington State's Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the constitutionality of tax-revolt Initiative 601, a lawyer familiar with the case said yesterday.

No date has been set for oral arguments, but the court indicated it would hear the case before November, said Hugh D. Spitzer, a partner with Foster Pepper & Shefelman. The Seattle law partnership is preparing a friendof-the-court brief challenging the initiative's constitutionality.'

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