Washington Hands Off the People's Initiative Initiative (2008)

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The Hands Off the People's Initiative Initiative, or Measure 410, would require a two-thirds legislative majority to change laws concerning initiatives or referendums; require expedited legal challenges to such laws; and revise laws concerning petitions and suits challenging initiatives or referendums.

This measure is a citizen-initiated state statute.

The official ballot measure summary reads:

This measure would require a two-thirds legislative majority to change laws concerning initiatives or referendums. It would require outside counsel hired by the attorney general, and allow anyone else, to challenge laws affecting initiative or referendum processes. State officials would be required to process referendum petitions on laws containing emergency clauses. Laws concerning petitions and signature gathering would be revised. Suits challenging the validity of initiatives or referendums could be brought only after the vote.

Supporters

Sponsoring this measure are Tim Eyman, M.J. Fagan, and Leo Fagan.

Opponents

None yet identified.

Status

Petitions containing at least 224,880 valid signatures must be filed with the Secretary of State not later than ten days prior to the 2009 regular legislative session convening. Deadline for filing challenges to the ballot title or summary is June 26, 2008.

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