Washington's 2013 Initiative 522 clears signature hurdle

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February 4, 2013


By Al Ortiz

OLYMPIA, Washington: Initiative 522 is on its way to the Washington Legislature.

On February 1, 2013, the Washington Secretary of State's office reported that enough signatures were obtained to place the measure before legislature.[1][2]

Out of the random sample of 10,762 signatures for I-522, 9,503 were valid and 1,241 were invalid, while there were 18 pairs of duplicate signatures.

The measure would require GMO labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if the food is made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways.

A minimum of about 241,000 signatures were required to advance the proposal to the lawmaking body. If the legislature chooses not to adopt the law, the measure would then appear on the 2013 ballot.[3]

Previously, Ballotpedia contacted the Washington Secretary of State's office on January 3, 2013 at 1 p.m. PST, where it was confirmed that supporters had submitted signatures. In an e-mail to Ballotpedia, Kay Ramsay of the Washington Secretary of State's Elections office stated that supporters of Initiative 522 had submitted about 19,000 petitions with about 350,000 signatures on them on January 3. A few more petitions were also turned in on January 4, 2013.

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