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Washington New Debt Confined to One Purpose, Amendment 48 (1966)

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State of Washington Constitutional Amendment 48 was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Washington State Constitution. It was on the November 1966 ballot in the State of Washington, where it was approved.

Amendment 48 amended Article VIII, Section 3 of the Washington State Constitution.

It was the 48th amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.

Before Amendment 48

Before Amendment 48 was enacted, Section 3 of Article VIII said:

"Except the debt specified in sections one and two of this article, no debts shall hereafter be contracted by, or on behalf of this state, unless such debt shall be authorized by law for some single work or object to be distinctly specified therein, which law shall provide ways and means, exclusive of loans, for the payment of the interest on such debt as it falls due, and also to pay and discharge the principal of such debt within twenty years from the time of the contracting thereof. No such law shall take effect until it shall, at a general election, have been submitted to the people and have received a majority of all the votes cast for and against it at such election, and all moneys raised by authority of such law shall be applied only to the specific object therein stated, or to the payment of the debt thereby created, and such law shall be published in at least one newspaper in each county, if one be published therein, throughout the state, for three months next preceding the election at which it is submitted to the people."

Amendment 48

The text of the Washington State Constitution does not provide information about the specific effect of Amendment 48.

Amendment 60

Once Amendment 60 was enacted in 1972, Section 3 of Article VIII said:

"Except the debt specified in sections one and two of this article, no debts shall hereafter be contracted by, or on behalf of this state, unless such debt shall be authorized by law for some single work or object to be distinctly specified therein. No such law shall take effect until it shall, at a general election, or a special election called for that purpose, have been submitted to the people and have received a majority of all the votes cast for and against it at such election."

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