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Washington Local Processing of State Timber, Initiative 32 (1968)

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The Washington Local Processing of State Timber Initiative, also known as Initiative 32, was on the November 5, 1968 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, where it was defeated. The measure would have created the Full Employment Commission and would have required primary processing of certain timber harvests from the state to take place in a facility employing residents of the state.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 32 (1968)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No716,29161.4%
Yes 450,559 38.6%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An ACT establishing a state agency to be known as the Full Employment Commission; providing for a procedure whereby timber sold by the state to any "responsible bidder" and removed from state-owned or administered lands will be branded, and will receive primary processing in a facility employing Washington residents located in the state of Washington or within fifteen miles from any boundary thereof in an abutting state, unless permission is granted by the Full Employment Commission for primary processing elsewhere based upon a finding that no reasonable market presently exists for the timber at such a facility; and establishing penalties.[2]

Path to the ballot

The Committee for Full Employment filed 136,181 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot to be sent to the legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, the measure was placed on the ballot as provided by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1968 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 27, 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, "Initiatives to the Legislature," accessed August 27, 2013