Washington Non-Public Agricultural Irrigation, Initiative 59 (1977)

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The Washington Non-Public Agricultural Irrigation Initiative, also known as Initiative 59, was on the November 8, 1977 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, where it was approved. The measure limited the issuing of public water withdrawal permits for agricultural irrigation to farms of 2,000 acres or less.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 59 (1977)
Approveda Yes 457,054 51.08%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall new appropriations of public water for non-public agricultural irrigation be limited to farms of 2,000 acres or less?[2]

Path to the Ballot

Sponsor Ray Hill filed 191,012 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot to be sent to the legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, the measure was placed on the ballot as provided by state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1977 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 22, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the Legislature," accessed August 22, 2013