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Washington State Civil Service, Initiative 207 (1960)

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The Washington State Civil Service Initiative, also known as Initiative 207, was on the November 8, 1960 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure established a civil service program, governed by merit principles and the scientific methods, for employees and employment applicants in state government.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 207 (1960)
Approveda Yes 606,511 56.25%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

AN ACT, Entitled "The State Civil Service Law," relating to state government; establishing a civil service system for state employees; defining employees included and excluded; providing that appointments and promotions in the classified civil service shall be based solely on merit and fitness; governing appointment, promotion, transfer, layoff, recruitment, retention, classification and pay plan, removal, discipline and welfare of civil service employees, agreements regarding grievance procedures and collective negotiations, and other incidents of employment; blanketing-in certain employees; prohibiting certain activities; creating a revolving fund; abolishing existing personnel system; and repealing or amending inconsistent laws.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 205 was filed on January 13, 1960. 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, "1960 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 9, 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 9, 2013