Washington 2008 citizen initiatives

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2008 Election Results

Type Title Subject Description Result
Initiative to the People Measure No. 985 Transportation Measure would open high-occupancy vehicle lanes to all traffic during specified hours, require traffic light synchronization, increase roadside assistance funding, and dedicate certain taxes, fines, tolls and other revenues to traffic-flow purposes. Defeatedd
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1000 Death with Dignity Measure would permit terminally ill, competent, adult Washington residents who are medically predicted to have six months or less to live, voluntarily to request and self-administer lethal medication prescribed by a physician. Approveda
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1029 Long-term care workers Would revise examination, certification, and professional discipline standards and requirements, including increased training and criminal background check requirements, for long-term care workers for the elderly or disabled. Approveda

Did Not Make 2008 Ballot

Type Title Subject Description Result
Initiative to the People Measure No. 987 Wages Measure would require payment of additional compensation to employees performing work during certain weekday and certain weekend hours, as described, at not less than 5% to 10% over their regular wage rate. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 988 Operating Motor Vehicles Measure would require drivers to respond to merge signs by merging into the appropriate lane without passing other vehicles. Violators would be fined $50 for every vehicle passed without merging. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 989 Embryo Transfer Alternative to Abortion Measure would establish a state program paying 90% of the cost of embryo transfers as an abortion alternative, appropriating $1 million for this purpose, and providing a penalty for fraudulently obtaining such funds. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 990 Lying About War Measure would define the crime of lying about war, and make it a felony punishable by life imprisonment without possibility of parole if death or injury to a Washington citizen results. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 991 Communications betwen Lobbyists and Elected Officials Measure would require lobbyists to pay a $1000 fee when they initially register with the Public Disclosure Commission. Lobbyists must file with the PDC a verbatim transcript or recording of any communication with an elected official. Elected officials and lobbyists would be subject to fines and imprisonment for attempting to mislead the public concerning their communications. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 992 Firearm Safety Measure would require recipients of a concealed pistol license to complete a firearm safety class. It imposes penalties on firearms dealers who do not comply and on applicants who lie about attendance on applications. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 993 New Product Warranties Measure would require a five-year warranty on new products sold in Washington, not including task-specific disposable products, with a one-year warranty on shoes, and would revise existing laws concerning motor vehicle warranties. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 994 Assault Crimes Measure would revise the definition of first degree assault, second degree assault, and second degree assault of a child, and would increase the seriousness level of certain assault crimes for sentencing purposes. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 995 Trading in Special Influence Measure would elevate the crime of “trading in special influence” from a class C felony to a class A felony, and address standards for a court to apply when sentencing those convicted. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 996 Motor Vehicle License Fees Measure would repeal certain laws relating to motor vehicle licenses, including license tab renewal fees. The Department of Revenue would be required to increase the fuel tax to offset license fee losses. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 997 Property Taxes Measure would limit tax valuation of single-family residences to the assessed value on 12/31/2005, adjusted annually for inflation but not greater than two percent higher than the previous year’s valuation. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 998 Sales and Use Taxes Measure would revise Washington law regarding imposition, collection, administration, and distribution of, state and local sales and use taxes by repealing Sen. Bill 5089. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 999 Rights of Minors Measure would prohibit the transportation of minors age 13+ outside the state for behavior modification purposes without their consent or a court order. Minors age 16+ would be legally responsible for 50% of each decision with regard to their bodies or their children. Domestic violence petitions could be filed based on physical, psychological, emotional, or sexual abuse. Courts could expedite petitions for emancipation of minors. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1001 Elections Measure would direct legislative enactment of a voting system in which voters would rank candidates for an office based on the voters’ preference, with the winner determined based on voter rankings. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1003 Detaining Arrested Foreign Nationals Measure would require law enforcement agencies to determine whether arrestees are in Washington illegally, and would restrict the release of arrestees and detainees who are or may be illegal foreign nationals. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1004 Voter Registration Measure would require every person to register to vote when completing an application for a new or renewed Washington driver’s license or identicard, if he or she is eligible to vote. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1005 Employment Protection Measure would prohibit terminating the employment of a bartender or cocktail waitress who refuses, on ethical grounds, to serve alcohol to a woman he or she believes to be pregnant. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1006 Traffic Safety Education Measure would require school districts to implement and administer a traffic safety education program for young drivers, to be funded from traffic-fines revenue. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1007 Driver Permits Measure would require applicants for a driver’s instruction permit to verify that they have completed a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator use (AED), and first aid. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1008 Greenhouse Effect Measure would prohibit the spending of public money on anything having to do with greenhouse gas emissions or global warming. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1009 Protecting Inititiative Process Would require a two-thirds legislative vote on certain bills affecting the initiative or referendum process, provide for judicial review of emergency clauses, and revise requirements on signature gathering and petition language. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1010 Electoral College Would allocate Washington's electoral votes proportionately as specified, based on the popular vote for presidential and vice-presidential candidates. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1011 Port of Seattle Would eliminate all Port of Seattle commissioner and staff positions, direct the transfer of Port operations to King County, discontinue Port property taxes, and require certain Port bonds to be retired. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1012 Reporting Mold Would require the state Dept. of Agriculture to require wood destroying organism inspectors and home inspectors to disclose the presence and amount of mold on properties they inspect. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1013 Reporting Policy Changes Would require state administrative agencies to issue interpretive or policy statements advising the public of their opinions, approaches, and likely courses of action. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1015 Long-term care workers Would require newly-hired long-term care workers for the elderly or disabled to do increased training, go through additional criminal background checks, and pass an examination to be certified. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1016 Smoking Ban Exception Would allow smoking in places of employment that are private facilities, except when such facilities are open to the public. It would also permit smoking in cigar stores and cigar bars. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1017 Port of Seattle Would eliminate all Port of Seattle commissioner and staff positions, direct the transfer of Port operations to King County, discontinue Port property taxes, and require certain Port bonds to be retired. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1018 Inititiative & Referendum Process Would require a two-thirds legislative vote on certain bills affecting the initiative or referendum process, limit legal challenges to initiatives and referenda to post-election lawsuits, and revise requirements on petition acceptance, language, and signature gathering. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1019 Port of Seattle Would direct the transfer of Port of Seattle operations and responsibilities to King County, discontinue certain existing Port of Seattle property taxes, and withdraw its authority to levy certain property taxes. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1021 Long-term care workers Would revise examination, certification, and professional discipline standards and requirements, including increased training and criminal background check requirements, for long-term care workers for the elderly or disabled. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1022 State Property Tax Would repeal the state property tax for the support of the common schools and would repeal laws relating to the distribution and equalization of the tax. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1023 Animal Confinement Would make it a gross misdemeanor, as of 2015, to confine egg-laying domestic birds on a farm in a manner that prevents them from fully spreading their wings, with certain exceptions. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1024 Animal Confinement Would make it a gross misdemeanor, as of 2015, to tether or confine certain farm animals in a manner that prevents them lying down, standing, or turning, with certain exceptions. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1025 Port of Seattle Would require transfer of Port of Seattle operations and responsibilities to King County, discontinue Port of Seattle property taxes and authority to levy property taxes, and provide for state auditor oversight. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1026 Inititiative & Referendum Process Would protect the initiative and referendum process from any regulations that would limit, hinder, or restrict the freedom to distribute, circulate, and collect petitions. It would also require validation of any signature from a legal voter, regardless of any other deficiency. It also simplifies petition forms. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1027 Protecting Inititiative Process Would require a two-thirds legislative vote on certain bills affecting the initiative or referendum process, limit legal challenges to initiatives and referenda to post-election, provide for post-election judicial review of emergency clauses, revise requirements on signature gathering and petition language. and create civil penalties for interfering with a petition gatherer or signer. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1028 Citizen Rights Would extend to all citizens of Washington any right, activity, or privilege afforded to the federally-recognized tribes of Washington. Did not file signatures by deadline
Initiative to the People Measure No. 1030 Property Tax would add provisions to state law concerning how assessed value and tax rates are computed for private real property, and require the legislature to enact laws to carry out its intent Did not file signatures by deadline

Still Circulating

Type Title Subject Description Result
Initiative to the Legislature Measure No. 409 Enforcement of Immigration Laws Would require state and local agencies to cooperate in enforcing federal immigration laws and would require verifying immigration status of persons seeking employment, receiving driver’s licenses, and receiving some public benefits Petition deadline is 10 days before 2009 legislative session convenes
Initiative to the Legislature Measure No. 410 Initiative and Referendum Process Would require a two-thirds legislative majority to change laws concerning initiatives or referendums; require expedited legal challenges to such laws; and revise laws concerning petitions and suits challenging initiatives or referendums Petition deadline is 10 days before 2009 legislative session convenes
Initiative to the Legislature Measure No. 411 Tax Increase Cap Would limit the annual growth of general fund revenue, not including new voter-approved revenue, to rate of inflation Petition deadline is 10 days before 2009 legislative session convenes

Washington Ballot Measures

The State of Washington allows three types of citizen initiatives:

  • (a) adopt the initiative as proposed, in which case it becomes law;
  • (b) reject or refuse to act on the proposed initiative, in which case the initiative must be placed on the ballot at the next state general election; or
  • (c) approve an alternative to the proposed initiative, in which case both the original proposal and the Legislature's alternative must be placed on the ballot at the next state general election.
  • Referendum Measures are placed on the ballot to overturn statutes recently passed by the state legislature. To qualify for the ballot, sufficient signatures must filed with the Secretary of State not later than ninety days after final adjournment of the session in which the measure was passed by the state legislature.

The deadline for filing petition signatures for Initiatives to the People was 5:00 p.m. July 3, 2008. The deadline for filing petition signatures for Initiatives to the Legislature is 10 days prior to convening of the 2009 Legislative session. Initiatives require 224,880 signatures. Petitions for referendum measures require 112,440 signatures.


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