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List of Washington State veto referendums

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This page is a list of Washington referendum measures, also known commonly as veto referenda.

Background

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

The first referendum, regarding a law that would create a Teachers’ Retirement Fund, went to the ballot on the November 3, 1914 ballot, and was defeated alongside Washington's second referendum.[1]

Since that beginning, through June of 2012 on the ballot, 74 referendum measures have been proposed. However, only 37 have been sent to the ballots.[1][2]

Legend:

Defeatedd means that an act of the Washington State Legislature was overturned.
Approveda means that an act of the legislature was ratified.

2012

See also: Washington 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
VR Referendum 74 Marriage and family Would ask if same-sex marriage should be legalized in the state.

2009

See also: Washington 2009 ballot measures

{Between 2007-2009, Referendum Measures 68, 69 and 70 were registered, but no signatures were turned in to qualify them for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 71 Marriage Expansion of domestic partnership rights Approveda


2007

See also: Washington 2007 ballot measures

(Between 2004-2007, supporters of Referendum Measures 56-66 either did not turn in signatures, withdrew their measures, or bumped into the emergency clause and, as a result, none of these measures went on the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 67 Health Insurers prohibited from unreasonably denying certain coverage claims. Approveda


2004

See also: Washington 2004 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referendum 54 did not turn in any signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR R-55 Education Authorize charter public schools and set conditions on operations Defeatedd


2002

See also: Washington 2002 ballot measures

(Between 1995 and 2002, supporters of Referendum Measures 49, 50, 51 and 52 did not submit signatures, or withdrew their measures.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR R-53 Labor Increase taxable wage base for unemployment insurance, impose surcharges Defeatedd


1995

See also: Washington 1995 ballot measures

(Between 1986 and 1995, supporters of Referendum Measures 42, 43, 44, 45, 46 and 47 did not submit signatures and therefore, none of these measures qualified for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Land Use, R-48 Property Should Chapter 98, Laws of 1995, concerning land use regulations be upheld? Defeatedd


1984

See also: Washington 1984 ballot measures

A court ordered a writ of prohibition to prevent Referendum 41 from appearing on the November, 1984 election ballot.[1]

1977

See also: Washington 1977 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referenda 37 and 38 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 39 Elections Changes in voter registration laws Defeatedd


VR Referendum 40 Admin of gov't Establish a state Women's Commission Defeatedd


1973

See also: Washington 1973 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 36 Alcohol Lower drinking age from 21 to 19 Defeatedd


1968

See also: Washington 1968 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 35 Business Regulation Real estate brokers prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, creed, color or national origin Approveda


1964

J&M Cafe and Cardroom
See also: Washington 1964 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 34 Gambling Regulation of Cardrooms and Bingo Defeatedd


1962

See also: Washington 1962 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referendum 31 submitted signatures, but these were found to be insufficient for ballot qualification.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 32 Business Regulation 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 Defeatedd


VR Referendum 33 Public Finance Relating to auditing the accounts and financial affairs of cities and towns Defeatedd


1958

See also: Washington 1958 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referendum 29 did not submit signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 30 Taxes Inheritance Tax on Insurance Proceeds Defeatedd


1950

See also: Washington 1950 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 28 Health Care Accident and health insurance covering employees eligible for unemployment compensation Defeatedd


1946

See also: Washington 1946 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referenda 26 and 27 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 26 Hunting Appointment of Game Commissioners Defeatedd


VR Referendum 27 Natural Resources State Timber Resources Board Defeatedd


1944

See also: Washington 1944 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 25 Utilities Public Utility Districts Defeatedd


1942

See also: Washington 1942 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referenda 19, 20 and 21 did not submit signatures to qualify their measures for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 22 Business Regulation Industrial Insurance Approveda


VR Referendum 23 Judicial Reform Legal Advisor for Grand Juries Defeatedd


VR Referendum 24 Judicial Reform Prosecuting Attorneys Act Defeatedd


1934

See also: Washington 1934 ballot measures

(Supporters of Referendum 17 did not submit signatures to qualify their measure for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 18 Energy Electric Energy for Cities and Town Approveda


1924

See also: Washington 1924 ballot measures
Shelves of butter substitutes
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 16 Business Regulation Butter Substitutes Defeatedd


1922

See also: Washington 1922 ballot measures

(Supporters of Measures 11, 12A, 13A and 14A did not submit signatures to qualify their referenda for the ballot.)[1]

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 12B Business Regulation Certificate of Necessity Act Defeatedd


VR Referendum 13B Education Physical Examination of School Children Defeatedd


VR Referendum 14B Elections and Campaigns Primary Nominations and Registration Defeatedd


VR Referendum 15 Elections Party Conventions Defeatedd


1918

See also: Washington 1918 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 10 Alcohol Bone Dry Act Approveda


1916

See also: Washington 1916 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum 3 Direct democracy Initiative Laws Defeatedd


VR Referendum 4 Elections Recall of Elected Officer Defeatedd


VR Referendum 5 Elections Party Conventions Act Defeatedd


VR Referendum 6 Labor Anti-Picketing Act Defeatedd


VR Referendum 7 Admin of gov't Certificate of Necessity Act Defeatedd


VR Referendum 8 Transportation Port Commission Act Defeatedd


VR Referendum 9 State Budgets Budget System Act Defeatedd


1914

See also: Washington 1914 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Teacher Retirement, R-1 Education Retirement fund for teachers Defeatedd


VR Quincy Valley Irrigation, R-2 Admin of gov't Public irrigation system for Quincy Valley Defeatedd


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