Washington Governmental Continuity in Emergencies, HJR 9 (1962)

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The Washington Governmental Continuity in Emergencies Amendment, also known as House Joint Resolutions 9, was on the November 6, 1962 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure empowered the legislature to provide a method of temporary succession to elected and appointed offices resulting from an emergency that incapacitates those serving in those offices.[1] The measure added Section 42 of Article II of the Washington Constitution.[2]

Election results

Washington HJR 9 (1962)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 496,956 64.03%
No279,17535.97%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

See also: Washington State Constitution, Section 42 of Article II

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall Article II of the State Constitution be amended by adding a section empowering and directing the legislature to provide a method of temporary succession to elected and appointive offices when because of an emergency resulting from enemy attack the incumbents are unavailable to act and further empowering the legislature to depart from certain constitutional provisions if, in discharging this duty, the emergency renders compliance impracticable?[3]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:[1]

NEW SECTION. Article 11, section 42. The legislature, in order to insure continuity of state and local governmental operations in periods of emergency resulting from enemy attack, shall have the power and the duty, immediately upon and after adoption of this amendment, to enact legislation providing for prompt and temporary succession to the powers and duties of public offices of whatever nature and whether filled by election or appointment, the incumbents and legal successors of which may become unavailable for carrying on the powers and duties of such offices; the legislature shall likewise enact such other measures as may be necessary and proper for insuring the continuity of governmental operations during such emergencies. Legislation enacted under the powers conferred by this amendment shall in all respects conform to the remainder of the Constitution: PROVIDED, That if, in the judgment of the legislature at the time of disaster, conformance to the provisions of the Constitution would be impracticable or would admit of undue delay, such legislation may depart during the period of emergency caused by enemy attack only, from the following sections of the Constitution:

Article 14, Sections 1 and 2, Seat of Government;
Article 2, Sections 8, 15 (Amendments 13 and 32), and 22, Membership, Quorum of Legislature and Passage of Bills;
Article 3, Section 10 (Amendment 6), Succession to Governorship: PROVIDED, That the legislature shall not depart from Section 10, Article III, as amended by Amendment 6, of the state Constitution relating to the Governor's office so long as any successor therein named is available and capable of assuming the powers and duties of such office as therein prescribed;
Article 3, Section 13, Vacancies in State Offices;
Article 11, Section 6, Vacancies in County Offices;
Article 11, Section 2, Seat of County Government;
Article 3, Section 24, State Records.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Office of the Secretary of State, "1962 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 9, 2013
  2. Washington State Legislature, "Washington State Constitution," accessed September 9, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.