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Washington's Initiative 517 soars over first hurdle
By Al Ortiz
OLYMPIA, Washington: Check the first step off the list for proponents of Initiative 517.
In addition to the lawmaking body's options of enacting it or sending it to the ballot, the legislature can also send the measure to the ballot with a competing measure. This would allow voters to choose which of the two measures to approve.
Earlier this month, the supporting group turned in signatures a day before the January 4, 2013 deadline. Ballotpedia contacted the Washington Secretary of State's office on January 3, learning that the initiative turned in signatures at 10:00 a.m. PST that day. Reports out of the state said that the initiative's sponsors turned in about 345,000 signatures. Signatures were then reviewed by the Washington Secretary of State's office.
In addition, the measure would require that all initiative efforts that obtain the valid amount of signatures have their proposals placed on the ballot.
Other provisions include:
- Limit pre-election legal challenges
- Extend the time given for signatures to be collected for the ballot.
A total of 246,372 valid signatures were needed to place the measure before Washington Legislature.
- Washington 2013 ballot measures
- Washington signature requirements
- Laws governing the initiative process in Washington
- Washington Secretary of State, "I-517 signature check completed," January 23, 2013
- The Republic, "Initiative 517 would set penalties for harassment of initiative petition signers, gatherers," January 3, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "2013 initiatives to Legislature launched this week," January 2, 2013