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Nearly all Washington State initiative bills die in committee
By Kyle Maichle
A total of 25 items of legislation were considered by both houses of the Legislature. 24 of them died in legislative committee. The only piece of legislation that advanced out of committee was House Bill 2397.
The bill would have banned petition circulators from gathering signatures less than fifteen feet away from a retail store. The State House approved the bill on February 13, 2010, by a 82-12 vote. However, the bill died in Senate committee without seeing a floor vote.
Some of the 21 bills that died in committee were aimed at making petition signatures public records, increasing restrictions on paid circulators, and raising the filing fees for initiatives. Three legislative-referred amendments to the state constitution were also considered including one to end the initiative process. All of the amendments died in committee.
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "2010 Legislative Session Calendar"
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Initiative and Referendum Database"(Click Washington on drop down menu)
- Washington Legislature, "Text of House Bill 2397 (2010)"
- Washington Legislature, "History of House Bill 2397 (2010)"