Washington Duties of Prosecuting Attorneys, Referendum 24 (1942)

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The Washington Duties of Prosecuting Attorneys Act, also known as Referendum 24, was on the November 3, 1942 ballot in Washington as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have forbidden prosecuting attorneys to give advise to a grand jury.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 24 (1942)
Defeatedd No148,43956.43%
Yes 114,603 43.57%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An Act relating to the duties of prosecuting attorneys; providing that they shall no longer attend and appear before or give advice to grand juries except in cases where the calling of the grand jury has been initiated by the prosectuing attorney; and amending section 4136 of Remington's Revised Statutes.[2]

Path to the ballot

Referendum 24 was filed on April 16, 1941. Signatures were submitted on to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1942 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 12, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "History of Referendum Measures," accessed September 12, 2013