Washington Number of Years for State Legislative Terms, HJR 4212 (1987)

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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 The measure would have repealed Section 4 of Article II and amended Section 5 of Article II and Section 6 of Article II of the Washington Constitution.[1]

Election results

Washington HJR 4212 (1987)
Defeatedd No567,78266.68%
Yes 283,742 33.32%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall the State Constitution be amended so legislative representatives will be elected for four years and senators for six?[2]

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.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1987 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 16, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Ellensburg Daily Record, "Voters to decide longer legislative terms," May 15, 1987