Washington State Debt Amendment, SJR 8221 (2012)

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SJR 8221
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Washington Constitution
Referred by:Washington State Legislature
Topic:State budget
The Washington State Debt Amendment, also known as SJR 8221, was on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure included the recommendations of the commission on state debt, according to the text of the measure. According to the Washington Secretary of State's office, the measure was said to implement changes in use of state bond debt.[1]

The formal title of the bill was SJR 8221.

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

The following are official election results:

Washington SJR 8221
Approveda Yes 1,748,436 62.91%

Election results via Washington Secretary of State's website.

Text of the measure

Ballot language

The ballot language that voters saw on the ballot reads:[2]

The legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment on implementing the Commission on State Debt recommendations regarding Washington's debt limit. This amendment would, starting July 1, 2014, phase-down the debt limit percentage in three steps from nine to eight percent and modify the calculation date, calculation period, and the term general state revenues. Should this constitutional amendment be:
Approved ____
Defeated ____


No formal campaign in favor of the measure was identified by Ballotpedia.


No formal campaign in opposition of the measure was identified by Ballotpedia.

Media endorsements

Endorsements of Washington ballot measures, 2012


  • The Spokesman Review stated, "Washington has maintained a good credit rating despite additional borrowing because creditors appreciate the Legislature’s willingness to make tough budget decisions. Note that only 14 out of 135 legislators who voted said nay to ESJR 8221. Voters should approve the measure, too."[3]


No opposing editorials have been found at this time

Path to the ballot

A 2/3rds vote in both chambers of the Washington State Legislature was required to refer an amendment to the ballot.