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Washington Extension of Energy Conservation Financing, HJR 4223 (1988)

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The Washington Extension of Energy Conservation Financing, also known as House Joint Resolution 4223, was on the November 8, 1988 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure continued and extended the abilities of public utilities to assist in residential energy conservation.[1] It amended Section 10 of Article VIII of the Washington Constitution.[2]

See Energy policy in Washington for a full explanation of energy policy across the state.

Election results

Washington HJR 4223 (1988)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,248,183 76.70%
No379,15323.30%

Election results via:Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

See also: Washington State Constitution, Section 10 of Article VIII

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the constitutional authority for public utilities to assist residential energy conservation continue and extend to other structures and equipment?

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

Article VIII, section 10. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 7 of this Article, any county, city, town, quasi municipal corporation, municipal corporation, or political subdivision of the state which is engaged in the sale or distribution of energy may, as authorized by the legislature, use public moneys or credit derived from operating revenues from the sale of energy to assist the owners of structures or equipment in financing the acquisition and installation of materials and equipment for the conservation or more efficient use of energy in such structures or equipment. Except as provided in section 7 of this Article, an appropriate charge back shall be made for such extension of public moneys or credit and the same shall be a lien against the structure benefited or a security interest in the equipment benefited. Any financing authorized by this article shall only be used for conservation purposes in existing structures and shall not be used for any purpose which results in a conversion from one energy source to another.[1]

Path to the ballot

In 1979, the Washington Energy Conservation Financing Amendment was enacted by voters. The measure permitted municipal utilities to assist homeowners in financing energy conservation measures until 1990. HJR 4223 renewed and expand upon this amendment.

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