Washington Land Use, Referendum 48 (1995)

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The Washington Land Use Act, also known as Referendum 48, was on the November 7, 1995 ballot in Washington as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning law passed by the legislature. The measure would have extended the government's responsibilities to improve property values caused by regulations.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 48 (1995)
Defeatedd No796,86959.39%
Yes 544,788 40.61%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

The Washington State Legislature has passed a law that restricts land-use regulations and expands governments' liability to pay for reduced property values of land or improvements thereon caused by certain regulations for public benefit. Should this law be APPROVED or REJECTED?[2]

Path to the ballot

Referendum 48 was filed on April 19, 1995 by Lucy B. Steers of Seattle. 231,122 signatures were submitted to qualify the law 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, "1995 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 30, 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 to Referendum Measures," accessed August 30, 2013