Washington Public Energy, HJR 10 (1936)

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The Washington Public Energy Amendment, also known as House Joint Resolution 10, was on the November 3, 1936 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have authorized the state to engage in the production and distribution or electric energy. Also, the measure authorized the state to assist in developing hydroelectric power, to issue bonds for energy and provide for energy districts. The measure would have added a new article to the Washington State Constitution.[1]

See Energy policy in Washington for a full explanation of energy policy across the state.

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Washington HJR 10 (1936)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No278,54361.56%
Yes 173,930 38.44%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

A Proposal authorizing the state of Washington to engage in the production and wholesale distribution, only, of electric energy; to assist the development of hydro-electric generating plants; to incur indebtedness by the issuance of bonds; providing for a commission and power districts, but not denying to any municipality, power district or political subdivision of the state the right to control its own utilities nor preventing the state from furnishing electric energy to its institutions and departments.

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