Washington Immediate Possession in Eminent Domain, HJR 22 (1956)

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The Washington Immediate Possession in Eminent Domain Amendment, also known as House Joint Resolution 22, was on the November 6, 1956 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have empowered the legislature to grant the courts the authority to allow property possession before final settlement in an eminent domain case. The measure would have amended Section 16 of Article I of the Washington Constitution.[1]

Election results

Washington HJR 22 (1956)
Defeatedd No466,19361.43%
Yes 292,750 38.57%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]


Shall Article I, Section 16, of the Constitution as amended by Amendment 9, be further amended to permit the state, in an eminent domain proceeding, upon filing the action to take immediate possession of the property after payment into court before trial of such amount as provided by law?[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1956 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 10, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.