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List of Washington State Initiatives to the People

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This page is a list of Initiative to the People, a type of ballot measure seen in Washington.

Background

In 1912, citizens in Washington approved the right to initiative and referendum by a 71 to 29 percent split.

The first Initiative to the People, advocating the prohibition of alcohol, was filed on January 2, 1914. It was re-filed six days later as Initiative 3, went to the ballot on the November 3, 1914 ballot, and was approved. Six other initiatives also appeared on the ballot that year, but only one relating to the abolition of state employment offices was approved. [1]

Since that beginning, through June of 2012 on the ballot initiative entrepreneurs had filed 1,189 Initiatives to the People. 141 had been on the ballot by 2011, with 72 to of them being approved.[1]

2011

See also: Washington 2011 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 1125 Taxes Prohibits gas tax and toll revenues to be diverted to non-transportation purposes Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 1163 Taxes Reenacts background checks, training for long-term care workers Approveda


ITP Initiative 1183 Alcohol Would close state liquor stores; allow state licensing of private parties Approveda


2010

See also: Washington 2010 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 1053 Taxes Will require 2/3 supermajority vote of the Washington State Legislature, or a statewide vote, for tax increases Approveda


ITP Initiative 1082 Labor Would amend workers' compensation insurance in the state Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 1098 Taxes Taxes gross income above $200,000 for individuals, $400,000 for couples. Reduces state property tax by 20% and reduces certain business and occupation taxes Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 1100 Alcohol Closes state liquor stores and authorizes sale, distribution, & importation by private parties Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 1105 Alcohol Close all state liquor stores and license private parties to sell or distribute spirits. Revises certain laws concerning regulation, taxation and state revenues Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 1107 Taxes Would repeal certain 2010 amendments to state tax laws including a sales tax on candy and bottled water and a temporary excise tax on soda pop Approveda


2009

See also: Washington 2009 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 1033 Taxes Limit growth of certain state, county and city revenue to annual inflation and population growth Defeatedd


2008

See also: Washington 2008 ballot measures

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 985 Transportation Opens high-occupancy vehicle lanes to all traffic during specified hours, requires traffic light synchronization, increases roadside assistance funding, and dedicates certain revenues to traffic-flow purposes Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 1000 Assisted Death Allows terminally ill adults access to lethal medication under some circumstances Approveda


ITP Initiative 1029 Labor Requires people who work with the elderly and disabled to be trained and certified to do so Approveda


2007

See also: Washington 2007 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP I-960 Taxes Approval of 2/3rds of legislature, or voter approval, for tax increases, public information about tax increases Approveda


2006

See also: Washington 2006 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Estate Taxes, I-920 Taxes Repeal of laws imposing estate taxes Defeatedd


ITP Government Takings, I-933 Property Requires compensation when government regulation damages the value of private property Defeatedd


ITP Energy Conservation, I-937 Environment Require electric utilities to meet targets for energy conservation Approveda


2005

See also: Washington 2005 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP I-900 Admin of gov't Performance audits of state and local government agencies and entities Approveda


ITP I-901 Smoking bans Prohibit smoking in public places and in places of employment Approveda


ITP I-912 Taxes Repeal motor vehicle fuel tax increases of 3 cents in 2005 and 2006, 2 cents in 2007, and 1.5 cents per gallon in 2008 Defeatedd


2004

See also: Washington 2004 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP I-872 Elections "Top two primary" allowing voters to select among all candidates in a primary. Approveda


ITP I-884 Taxes Increase retail sales tax by 1%, spend increased tax revenues on education Defeatedd


ITP I-892 Gambling Authorize licensed non-tribal gambling establishments to operate the same type and number of machines as tribal governments Defeatedd


2003

See also: Washington 2003 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP I-841 Labor No new ergonomics regulations unless a uniform federal standard is required Approveda


2002

See also: Washington 2002 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP I-776 Transportation License tab fees to be $30 per year for motor vehicles Approveda


ITP I-790 Labor Police and fire fighter retirement funds under control of board of trustees Approveda


2001

See also: Washington 2001 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP I-747 Taxes Changes all of the limitations factors on property tax levy increases Approveda


ITP I-773 Tobacco Taxes Adds two additional taxes to existing sales taxes on cigarettes and tobacco Approveda


ITP I-775 Healthcare Home Care Quality Authority governed by a board appointed by the Governor Approveda


2000

See also: Washington 2000 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP I-713 Hunting Misdemeanor to use or authorize the use of any steel-jawed leghold trap Approveda


ITP I-722 Taxes Null and void any tax increases adopted without voter approval Approveda


ITP I-728 Education Student achievement fund to provide building improvements relating to class-size reductions Approveda


ITP I-729 Education Authorize the establishment of charter public schools Defeatedd


ITP I-732 Education Automatic cost-of-living increases each year to all school district employees Approveda


ITP I-745 Transportation New road and lane construction top priority for transportation improvements Defeatedd


1999

See also: Washington 1999 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 695 Taxes Voter approval for any increase in taxes imposed by state or local government Approveda

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ITP Initiative 696 Hunting Commercial net fishing in fresh or marine waters Defeatedd


1998

See also: Washington 1998 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 688 Labor Increase state minimum wage from $4.90 to $5.70 Approveda


ITP Initiative 692 Marijuana Permit the medical use of marijuana Approveda


ITP Initiative 694 Abortion Make it a felony to kill a fetus in the "process of birth" Defeatedd


1997

See also: Washington 1997 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP I-673 Health care Can health insurance plans be regulated as to provision of services by designated health care providers Defeatedd


ITP I-676 Firearms Can the transfer of handguns without trigger-locking devices be prohibited Defeatedd


ITP I-677 Labor Can employment discrimination based on sexual orientation be prohibited Defeatedd


ITP I-678 Health care Allow dental hygienists to perform more services Defeatedd


ITP I-685 Marijuana Reduce penalties for marijuana possession and use Defeatedd


1996

See also: Washington 1996 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP I-655 Hunting Questions whether it should be a misdemeanor to hunt black bears with bait or dogs Approveda


ITP I-670 Term limits Should the Secretary of State place on ballots a notice about whether legislative candidates support term limits Defeatedd


ITP I-671 Gaming Amends tribal/state agreements to permit limited electronic gaming on Indian lands Defeatedd


1995

See also: Washington 1995 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Fishing, I-640 Hunting Survival rates for non-targeted catch Defeatedd


ITP Gambling/Tribal, I-651 Gambling Compacts with tribes for unrestricted gambling on tribal land Defeatedd


1994

See also: Washington 1994 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Denture Sales, I-607 Business Dentures can be sold by people other than dentists Approveda


1993

See also: Washington 1993 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 593 Judiciary "Three Strikes" law in sentencing criminals with three other serious offenses Approveda


ITP Initiative 601 Taxes Limit state expenditures to rate of inflation and population growth Approveda


ITP Initiative 602 Taxes Tax collections and state expenditures limited by a factor based on personal income Defeatedd


1992

See also: Washington 1992 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Term limits, I-573 Term limits Term limits on members of the Washington State Legislature Approveda


1991

See also: Washington 1991 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Term Limits, #553 Term limits Term limits for statewide elective offices Defeatedd


ITP Property Taxes, #559 Taxes Value property at the January 1, 1985 rate or subsequent sales price, adjusted for cost of living Defeatedd


1990

See also: Washington 1990 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 547 Environment "Shall state growth and environmental protection goals be implemented by measures including local comprehensive land use planning and development fees?" Defeatedd


1988

See also: Washington 1988 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 518 Minimum Wage State minimum wage increase from $2.30 to $4.25 Approveda


1984

See also: Washington 1984 ballot measures

November 6

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 456 Hunting Declares that natural resources should be managed by the state alone and petitions Congress to decommercialize Steelhead Trout Approveda


ITP Initiative 464 Taxes Excludes the value of trade-ins of like kind property from the selling price sales tax Approveda


ITP Initiative 471 Abortion Bans the public funding of abortion Defeatedd


1982

See also: Washington 1982 ballot measures

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 412 Business Sets a maximum annual interest rate for retail installment contracts at 12% Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 414 Environment Establishes a minimum five cent recycling refund on sales of soft drinks and alcohol Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 435 Taxes Replaces the state sales tax on food with a 10% franchise tax on corporations Defeatedd


LRCA SJR 143 Development Permits local governments to finance development projects through resulting increased tax revenues Defeatedd


1981

See also: Washington 1981 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 394 Energy Voter approval prior to issuing bonds for construction/acquisition of major public energy projects Approveda


ITP Initiative 402 Taxes Abolish inheritance and gift taxes Approveda


1980

See also: Washington 1980 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 383 Transportation Shall Washington ban the importaion and storage of non-medical radioactive wastes generated outside Washington, unless otherwise permitted by interstate compact? Approveda


1978

See also: Washington 1978 ballot measures

November 7

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 350 Education Prohibits assigning students to other than the nearest or next-nearest school Approveda


1977

See also: Washington 1977 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 335 Regulation Places where obscene films are publicly and regularly shown shall be prohibited Approveda


ITP Initiative 345 Taxes Exempt food products be exempt from state and local retail sales and use taxes Approveda


ITP Initiative 348 Taxes Repeal new variable motor vehicle fuel tax Approveda


1976

See also: Washington 1976 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 322 Healthcare Shall fluoridation of public water supplies be made unlawful? Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 325 Nuclear Issues Conditions for approval of future nuclear power facilities Defeatedd


1975

See also: Washington 1975 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 314 Taxes 12% excise tax on corporate income Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 316 Judiciary Death penalty mandatory in cases of aggravated murder in the first degree Approveda


1973

See also: Washington 1973 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 282 Admin of gov't Limit increases in salaries of state elected officials and judges Approveda


1972

See also: Washington 1972 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 258 Gambling Authorizing each city with a population over 150,000 to grant one franchise permitting greyhound racing meets; prescribing qualifications for franchises; authorizing parimutuel wagering; allowing franchisees ten percent of all moneys wagered; requiring payment of a tax of five percent of parimutuel machine gross receipts in lieu of all other taxes to the licensing city; authorizing the licensing city to pay not to exceed two and one-half percent of the net tax after subtracting costs to the county; and repealing inconsistent acts Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 261 Alcohol An Act repealing existing statutes relating to the establishment and operation of state liquor stores; extending the state sales tax to sales of intoxicating liquor at retail; providing for the licensing of retailers of liquor and for the registration of each brand or label of liquor to be sold; and prohibiting the state of Washington from reselling any liquor either at retail or wholesale Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 276 Elections and Campaigns An Act relating to campaign financing, activities of lobbyists, access to public records, and financial affairs of elective officers and candidates; requiring disclosure of sources of campaign contributions, objects of campaign expenditures, and amounts thereof; limiting campaign expenditures; regulating the activities of lobbyists and requirng reports of their expenditures; restricting use of public funds to influence legislative decisions; governing access to public records; specifying the manner in which public agencies will maintain such records; requiring disclosure of elective officials' and cadidates' financial interests and activities; establising a public disclosure commission to administer the act; and providing civil penalties Approveda


1970

See also: Washington 1970 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 251 Taxes An initiative declaring that existing taxes imposed by the state of Washington shall not be increased and that no new or additional taxes shall be imposed by the state of Washington Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 256 Business Regulation An act prohibiting the sale or distribution of beer or any other malt beverage, or of any nonalcoholic mineral water, soda water, or other carbonated or uncarbonated beverage (commonly known as soft drinks) for consumption in this state in cans, bottles, jugs, tubs, vessels or other receptacles not having a refund value of at least five cents for each such container Defeatedd


1968

See also: Washington 1968 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 242 Alcohol Rules governing when a breathalyzer to determine blood alcohol content can be legally administered Approveda


ITP Initiative 245 Business Regulation Allowable maximum service charges on installment sales of goods and services Approveda


1966

See also: Washington 1966 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 226 Taxes An Act relating to revenue and taxation and providing for the allocation and distribution of one-tenth of the state collected retail sales tax and use tax revenues to cities and towns Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 229 Admin of gov't An Act repealing an existing statute which declares it to be a crime (misdemeanor) for any person, on the first day of the week (Sunday) to promote any noisy or boisterous sport or amusement Approveda


ITP Initiative 223 Transportation An act regarding train crew requirements in the railroad industry Approveda


1964

See also: Washington 1966 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 215 Natural Resources An Act Providing for the use of monies, derived from existing motor vehicle fuel taxes paid by purchasers of fuel used in watercraft and not reclaimed by them as presently allowed by law, for the acquisition or improvement of land on fresh or salt water for marine recreational purposes Approveda


1962

See also: Washington 1962 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 211 Redistricting Defining the boundaries of all state legislative districts Defeatedd


1960

See also: Washington 1960 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 205 Alcohol Taverns eligible for a new class of license allowing the sale of spirituous liquors Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 207 Admin of gov't The State Civil Service Law Approveda


ITP Initiative 208 Property Rights Joint tenancies in real and personal property Approveda


ITP Initiative 210 Admin of gov't Daylight Savings Time Approveda


1958

See also: Washington 1958 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 202 Labor Restricting Labor Agreements Defeatedd


1956

See also: Washington 1956 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 198 Labor Employer-Employee Relations Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 199 Redistricting Legislative Reapportionment and Redistricting Act Approveda


1954

See also: Washington 1954 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 188 Health Care Chiropractic Examination Standards Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 192 Hunting Salmon Fishing Regulations Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 193 Admin of gov't Daylight Savings Time Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 194 Alcohol Television Advertising for Alcohol Defeatedd


1952

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See also: Washington 1952 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 180 Business Regulation Regulation of Sale of Oleomargarine Approveda


ITP Initiative 181 Admin of gov't Observance of Standard Time Act Approveda


ITP Initiative 184 Labor Old Age Pension Laws Defeatedd


1950

See also: Washington 1950 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 172 Welfare Transferring the public assistance medical program to the State Department of Health Approveda


ITP Initiative 176 Welfare Increased to $65.00 a month the minimum grant for certain categories of public assistance Defeatedd


1948

See also: Washington 1948 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 169 Veterans Bonus for World War II Veterans Act Approveda


ITP Initiative 171 Alcohol Liquor by the Drink with Restrictions Approveda


ITP Initiative 172 Social Security Liberalization of Social Security Benefits Approveda


1946

See also: Washington 1946 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 166 Utilities Public Utility Districts Defeatedd


1944

See also: Washington 1944 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 157 Welfare Old Age Assistance Laws Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 158 Welfare Old Age Assistance Laws by Townsend Clubs Defeatedd


1940

See also: Washington 1940 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 139 Bond Issues Public Utility District Bonds Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 141 Welfare Old Age Pension Act Approveda


1938

See also: Washington 1938 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 126 Elections Non-Partisan School Elections Act Approveda


ITP Initiative 129 Taxes 40 Mill Tax Limit Approveda


ITP Initiative 130 Labor Regulation of Labor Disputes Defeatedd


1936

See also: Washington 1936 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 101 Labor Civil Service Act Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 114 Taxes 30-Mill Tax Limit Act Approveda


ITP Initiative 115 Welfare Old Age Pension Act Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 119 Admin of gov't Production for Use Act Defeatedd


1934

Fish traps, the subject of I-77 in 1934
See also: Washington 1934 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 77 Hunting Fish Traps and Fishing Regulations Approveda


ITP Initiative 94 Taxes 40 Mill Tax Limit Approveda


1932

See also: Washington 1932 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 58 Elections and Campaigns Permanent Registration Act Approveda


ITP Initiative 61 Alcohol Intoxicating Liquor Act Approveda


ITP Initiative 62 Hunting Department of Game Act Approveda


ITP Initiative 69 Taxes Income Tax Act Approveda


ITP Initiative 64 Taxes 40 Mill Tax Levy Limit Approveda


1930

See also: Washington 1930 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 57 Redistricting State Legislative Redistricting Approveda


1924

See also: Washington 1924 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 49 Education Compulsory School Attendance Act Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 50 Taxes Limitation of Taxation Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 52 Energy Electric Power Act Defeatedd


1922

See also: Washington 1922 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 40 Taxes Poll Tax Repeal Act Approveda


ITP Initiative 46 Education 30-10 School Plan Defeatedd


1916

See also: Washington 1916 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 24 Alcohol Brewers Bill Defeatedd


1914

See also: Washington 1914 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Prohibition, I-3 Alcohol Statewide alcohol prohibition Approveda


ITP Blue Sky Law, I-6 Business regulation Laws to regulate the offering and sale of securities Defeatedd


ITP Bureau of Inspection, I-7 Admin of gov't Proposal to abolish State Bureau of Inspection Defeatedd


ITP Employment Offices, I-8 Admin of gov't Proposal to abolish State Employments Offices Approveda


ITP Injured Workmen, I-9 Labor Protection for injured laborers Defeatedd


ITP Convict Labor, I-10 Labor Proposal about using convict labor to build roads Defeatedd


ITP Eight Hour Law, I-13 Labor Law setting 8-hours as the legal length of workday Defeatedd


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