The Washington Number of Years for State Legislative Terms, also known as House Joint Resolution 4212 was on the November 3, 1987 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have extended the length of terms for legislative representatives. The measure would have repealed Section 4 of Article II and amended Section 5 of Article II and Section 6 of Article II of the Washington Constitution.
| Washington HJR 4212 (1987)|
|Yes|| 283,742|| 33.32%|
Election results via: Washington Secretary of State
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
|| Shall the State Constitution be amended so legislative representatives will be elected for four years and senators for six?
Path to the ballot
HJR 4212 was voted onto the ballot by the Washington State Legislature by a vote of 78-20 in the Washington House of Representatives and 33-16 in the Washington State Senate. The majority of state lawmakers argued that they did not have time to sufficiently research and sponsor bills if only in office for a two-year or four-year term.