Washington Milk Marketing, Referendum 32 (1962)

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The Washington Milk Marketing Act, also known as Referendum 32, was on the November 6, 1962 ballot in Washington as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have enabled the Department of Agriculture to supervise and regulate the production, distribution and marketing of milk products.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 32 (1962)
Defeatedd No677,53081.54%
Yes 153,419 18.46%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

AN ACT, Declared to be for the protection of the health and welfare of the public, and for the purpose of maintaining stability and properity in the milk industry, and authorizing and providing procedures for the Director of Agriculture to: Prescribe marketing areas, formulate stabilization and marketing plans for regulation of milk production and distribution, determine minimum prices to milk producers and establish, with the consent of an advisory board, emergency retail prices whenever unfair trade practices disrupt milk marketing; providing funds for administration and enforcement from assessments paid by producers and/or dealers and dealers' license fees, and providing penalties.[2]

Path to the ballot

Referendum 32 was filed on March 22, 1961 by the Washington State Milk Consumers' League. Signatures were submitted on June 14, 1961. 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, "1962 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 9, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Office of the Secretary of State, "History of Referendum Measures," accessed September 9, 2013