Washington Public Building Bonds, Referendum 19 (1968)

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The Washington Public Building Bonds Bill, also known as Referendum 19, was on the November 5, 1968 ballot in Washington as an legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure authorized $63,059,000 in bonds to finance various building projects for institutions, general administration and certain higher education facilities.[1]


By 1970 not all of the authorized bonds were sold, despite the January 1, 1971 deadline. As a result, the legislature put Referendum 22 on the ballot to remove the deadline from the statute. That measure was defeated.

Election results

Washington Referendum 19 (1968)
Approveda Yes 606,236 56.95%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An ACT authorizing the issuance and sale of state general obligation bonds in an amount not exceeding $63,059,000; appropriating the proceeds to finance various building projects for the Department of General Administration, the Department of Institutions, and certain state institutions of higher education; and providing for payment of the bonds from unpledged retail sales tax revenues or such other means authorized by the legislature.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1968 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 27, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.