Washington Standard of Living for Seniors and Blind, Initiative 172 (1948)

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The Washington Standard of Living for Seniors and Blind Initiative, also known as Initiative 172, was on the November 2, 1948 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure provided a minimum standard of living of $60 per month for senior and low-income blind citizens.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 172 (1948)
Approveda Yes 420,751 55.4%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act relating to Citizens' Security, providing a minimum standard of living of sixty dollars ($60) a month for needy Senior Citizens and needy Blind, establishing uniform standards for eligibility and amounts of assistance for all categories of public assistance, providing for additional care and funeral benefits, providing for administrative procedures and conformance with Federal Social Security laws, abolishing liens, repealing certain acts and parts of acts in conflict herewith, and appropriating six million five hundred thousand dollars ($6,500,000).[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 172 was filed on February 26, 1948. 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, "1948 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