Washington Public Utility Districts, Initiative 166 (1946)

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The Washington Public Utility Districts Initiative, also known as Initiative 166, was on the November 5, 1946 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have mandated voter approval on property acquisitions and on bonds or indebtedness related to public utility districts.[1]

Election results

Initiative 166
Defeatedd No367,83662.55%
Yes 220,239 37.45%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act relating to public utility districts; requiring the approval of voters thereof as a prerequisite to acquisition of any operating electrical utility properties or adoption of a plan therefore by any such district; requiring voters' approval of bonds or indebtedness in connection therewith; providing for the calling of elections for such purpose; prescribing the manner in which resolutions for such acquisition or for adoption of plans therefore may become effective; subjecting acquisition of properties pursuant to pending proceedings and contracts to approval under this act; providing for liberal construction and repealing inconsistent acts.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 166 was filed on April 24, 1946. Signatures were submitted to qualify it 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, "1946 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 11, 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 People," accessed September 11, 2013