November 5, 2013 ballot measures in Washington
For the November 5, 2013 election, three very notable and high-profile measures were covered by Ballotpedia in Washington, including two Spokane measures, which sought to establish a "Community Bill of Rights" and a "Voter Bill of Rights" respectively. The "Community Bill of Rights" would have granted voters more control over development projects and opened the door to citizen lawsuits to stop pollution of the Spokane River. It also looked to increase union rights and challenge corporate rights. The "Voter Bill of Rights" sought to ban corporation representatives or employees from communicating to city officials about proposed legislation outside of a public forum. The initiative would have also tried to prohibit corporations from monetary contributions to any city election campaign. Both of these measures, however, were booted from the ballot in court on the grounds that the proposed laws fell outside the jurisdiction of city authority and the authority of the peoples' initiative.
But the groundbreaking measure in the small city of SeaTac was still on the ballot and was approved. Prop 1 had fallen into the national spotlight because it was the first municipal ballot measure that sought to raise the minimum wage; Prop 1 asked voters to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Many living-wage advocates think this measure might be the beginning of a local movement, across the state and across the nation, to increase legally mandated wages of low-rank employees.
Local ballot measures
- See also: King County, Washington ballot measures