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Encyclopedia > List of Washington initiatives to the legislature

This is a list of all initiatives to the Washington State Legislature from 1914 to 2004 that gathered enough signatures to come under consideration, listed by number, subject, and result.See also List of Washington initiatives to the people. In political science, the initiative (also known as popular or citizens initiative) provides a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can force a public vote on a proposed statute, constitutional amendment, charter amendment, or ordinance. ... The Washington State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Washington. ...

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1914

  • 1A, regarding the Brewers' Hotel. Submitted to the voters in November 1916 and rejected.

1927

  • 1, regarding district power. Submitted to the voters in 1930 and approved.

1934

The examples and perspective in this article do not represent a worldwide view. ...

1942

  • 12, regarding public power. Passed by the legislature in 1943.

1946

  • 13, restricting the sale of beer and wine to state-run liquor stores. Submitted to the voters in 1948 and rejected.

A mug of lager beer, showing the golden colour of the beer and the foamy head floating on top. ... Wine is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting grapes or grape juice. ...

1956

  • 23, regarding civil service for sheriff's employees. Submitted to the voters in 1958 and approved.

A civil servant or public servant is a civilian career public sector employee working for a government department or agency. ... Sheriff is both a political and a legal office held under English common law, Scots law or U.S. common law, or the person who holds such office. ...

1958

  • 25, regarding dam construction and water diversion. Submitted to the voters in 1960 and approved.

Scrivener Dam, in Canberra, Australia, was engineered to withstand a once-in-5000-years flood event A dam is a barrier across flowing water that obstructs, directs or retards the flow, often creating a reservoir, lake or impoundment. ...

1966

  • 32, regarding the local processing of state timber. Submitted to the voters in 1968 and rejected.

Timber Timber is a term used to describe wood that has been processed for use —from the time trees are felled, to its end product as a material suitable for industrial use —such as structural material for construction or wood pulp for paper production. ...

1970

  • 40, regarding litter control. Alternative measure, 40B, passed by the legislature in 1971. Per state constitution, both measures submitted to the voters in 1972. 40B prevailed.
  • 43, regarding shoreline use and development. Alternative measure, 43B, passed by the legislature in 1971. Per state constitution, both measures submitted to the voters in 1972. 43B prevailed.
  • 44, regarding statutory tax limitation. Submitted to the voters in 1972 and approved.

Litter in the habitat of a lizard. ... A tax is a compulsory charge or other levy imposed on an individual or a legal entity by a state or a functional equivalent of a state (e. ...

1976

  • 59, regarding irrigation. Submitted to the voters in 1977 and approved.

High-altitude aerial view of irrigation in the Heart of the Sahara Irrigation (in agriculture) is the replacement or supplementation of rainfall with water from another source in order to grow crops. ...

1978

  • 61, regarding a minimum 5-cent bottle and can deposits on beer, malt, and carbonated beverages. Submitted to the voters in 1979 and rejected.
  • 62, regarding limiting state taxes to the growth rate of personal income. Submitted to the voters in 1979 and approved.

1985

A sales tax is a tax on consumption. ... Environmentalism is the support or involvement with the environmental movement by environmentalists. ...

1986

  • 92, regarding Medicare charges. Submitted to the voters in 1987 and rejected.

There are several publicly funded health services in various countries called Medicare: Medicare (Canada) is a comprehensive, universal (for all the citizens and permanent residents in the country) public health financing system. ...

1987

  • 97, regarding hazardous waste cleanup. Alternative measure, 97B, passed by the legislature in 1988. Per state constitution, both measures submitted to the voters in 1988. 97 prevailed.

Hazardous waste is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment and generally exhibits one or more of these characteristics: ignitability corrosivity reactivity (explosive) toxicity Generally, toxicity is quantified through the use of the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure or TCLP test, as required by EPA...

1988

  • 99, regarding primary elections for U.S. president. Passed by the legislature in 1989.
  • 102, regarding a tax increase for children and family services. Submitted to the voters in 1989 and rejected.

A primary election is an election in which registered voters in a jurisdiction select a political partys candidate for a later election (nominating primary). ...

1990

  • 119, regarding physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Submitted to the voters in 1991 and rejected.
  • 120, regarding the revision of state abortion laws, including the right to abortion before fetus viability. Submitted to the voters in 1991 and approved.

Euthanasia (Greek, good death) is the practice of killing a person or animal, in a painless or minimally painful way, for merciful reasons, usually to end their suffering. ...

1991

  • 134, regarding campaign finance, including the prohibition of public funding of state and local campaigns. Submitted to the voters in 1992 and approved.

Campaign finance refers to the means by which money is raised for political election campaigns. ...

1994

  • 159, regarding crimes involving firearms. Passed by the legislature in 1995.
  • 164, regarding the restriction of land use regulation. Passed by the legislature in 1995 but repealed by referendum the same year.

An assortment of modern firearms using fixed ammunition, including military assult rifles, a sporting shotgun (fourth from bottom), and a tactical shotgun (third from bottom). ... Land use is the pattern of construction and activity land is used for. ...

1995

  • 173, regarding school vouchers. Submitted to the voters in 1996 and rejected.
  • 177, regarding charter schools. Submitted to the voters in 1996 and rejected.

An education voucher, commonly called a school voucher, is a certificate by which parents are given the ability to pay for the education of their children at a school of their choice, rather than the public school to which they were assigned. ... In the United States, a charter school is a public school that is created via a legal charter. ...

1997

  • 200, prohibiting affirmative action in public employment, education, and contracting. Submitted to the voters in 1998 and approved.

Affirmative action (U.S. English), or positive discrimination (British English), is a policy or a program promoting the representation in various systems of people of a group who have traditionally been discriminated against, with the aim of creating a more egalitarian society. ...

2003

  • 297, regarding "mixed" radioactive and nonradioactive hazardous waste. Submitted to the voters in 2004 and passed.

A Russian fissile material storage facility Radioactive waste is waste material containing radioactive chemical elements that does not have a practical purpose. ... Hazardous waste is waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment and generally exhibits one or more of these characteristics: ignitability corrosivity reactivity (explosive) toxicity Generally, toxicity is quantified through the use of the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure or TCLP test, as required by EPA...

2004

  • 300, regarding medical malpractice claims and insurance. Submitted to the voters in 2005 and rejected.
  • 336, regarding medical malpractice lawsuits and insurance and healthcare provider licensing. Submitted to the voters in 2005 and rejected.

The basic definition of medical malpractice is an act or omission by a health care provider which deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community causing injury to the patient. ...

External links

  • Washington State Secretary of State: Elections: Initiatives

 
 

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