Washington Old Age Pensions, Initiative 115 (1936)

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The Washington Old Age Pensions Initiative, also known as Initiative 115, was on the November 3, 1936 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have established a system of pensions for the elderly. Specifically, the measure would have established a state department for pensions, determined who is eligible and for how much and provided tax revenues for pensions.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 115 (1936)
Defeatedd No354,16269.76%
Yes 152,551 30.24%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act relating to old age pensions, creating a state department therefore, defining its powers and duties; designating persons entitled to pensions and the amount thereof; providing taxes for sole payment of pensions, on business and occupations, sales of stocks and bonds, public utilities, admissions, fuel oil, proprietary medicines, toilet preparations, inheritances, gifts, and making appropriations therefrom; amending section 9, chapter 176, Laws of 1935, and repealing chapter 182, Laws of 1935, providing for old age pensions, and all acts or parts of acts in conflict therewith.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 115 was filed on April 21, 1936. Signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1936 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 13, 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 People," accessed September 13, 2013