Washington Repeal of Sunday Blue Laws, Initiative 229 (1966)

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The Repeal of Sunday Blue Laws Initiative, also known as Initiative 229, was on the November 8, 1966 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure repealed the existing restrictions on activities performed on Sundays.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 229 (1966)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 604,096 64.40%
No333,97235.60%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

An ACT repealing an existing statute which declares it to be a crime (misdemeanor) for any person, on the first day of the week (Sunday) to promote any noisy or boisterous sport or amusement; conduct or carry on all but certain designated trades or manufacturing activities; or open any drinking saloon; or sell or offer for sale any except certain designated items of personal property.

Path to the ballot

Initiative 229 was filed on February 17, 1966 by Lembhard G. Howell, David Sternhoff and Mark Petterson. 187,463 signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[2]

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