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King County man files veto referendum against annexation law

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May 27, 2009

OLYMPIA, Washington. Jerry Galland, a King County resident, has launched a petition drive to collect signatures to force a veto referendum vote on Washington Senate Bill 5808.[1]

Under SB 5808, if a city, a county and a fire district come to an agreement about annexing a neighborhood, that annexation can happen without a vote of the people who live in the annexed neighborhood.

Galland will need to collect 120,577 valid voter signatures by July 25 to qualify the measure for the November 2009 statewide ballot.

Darlene Fairley sponsored SB 5808 and the Association of Washington Cities lobbied hard for it.[1]

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