List of Washington ballot measures

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Statewide ballot measures in the State of Washington come in five different varieties:

See also: Washington 2009 ballot measures

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 1033 Taxes Limits growth of certain state, county and city revenue to annual inflation and population growth Defeatedd
VR Referendum 71 Marriage Expands the rights, responsibilities, and obligations accorded to state-registered same-sex and senior domestic partners to be equivalent to those of married spouses Approveda
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
See also: Washington 2007 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP I-960 Taxes Require approval of 2/3rds of legislature, or voter approval, for tax increases, public information about tax increases Approveda
VR Referendum 67 Health Insurers prohibited from unreasonably denying certain coverage claims. Approveda
LRCA SJR 8206 State budget Legislature required to transfer 1% of general state revenues to a budget stabilization account each year Approveda
LRCA SJR 8212 Business regulation State-operated inmate labor programs in which inmate labor is used by private entities through state contracts Approveda
LRCA HJR 4204 Education Provide for approval of school district excess property tax levies by simple majority vote of participating voters Approveda
LRCA HJR 4215 Education Authorize investment of money in higher education permanent funds as permitted by law Approveda
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
LRCA Property tax exemption, HJR 4223 Taxes Increases "head of household" exemption to $15,000 Approveda


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
ITL I-297 Environment New provisions about mixed radioactive and nonradioactive hazardous waste Approveda
VR R-55 Education Authorize charter public schools and set conditions on operations Defeatedd
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
LRCA Amendment 96 Elections Newly-elected officers take office early if the office falls vacant after the general election Approveda

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
VR R-53 Labor Increase taxable wage base for unemployment insurance, impose surcharges Defeatedd
LRSS R-51 Transportation Incrase fuel excise taxes, sales tax on vehicles and weight fees on trucks/large vehicles Defeatedd
LRCA HJR 4220 Taxes Restrict the number of years excess levies by fire protection districts can be made Approveda
See also: Washington 2001 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA HJR 4202 Legislature Amend constitution to permit legislature to determine which investments to allow Defeatedd
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
LRCA SJR 8208 Judicial reform Amend constitutional to permit expanded use of temporary judges Approveda
See also: Washington 2000 ballot measures

November 7

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 713 Hunting Makes hunting animals with body-gripping traps or poison a gross misdemeanor Approveda
ITP Initiative 722 Taxes Limits property tax increases to 2% per year and nullifies certain 1999 tax increases. Approveda
ITP Initiative 728 Education Reduces class sizes, extends learning programs, expands teacher training, and constructs facilities, funded by lottery proceeds, property taxes, and budget reserves Approveda
ITP Initiative 729 Education Authorizes the establishment of charter public schools Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 732 Labor Allows teachers and other school district employees to receive cost-of-living salary adjustments Approveda
ITP Initiative 745 Transportation Mandates that 90% of transportation funds be spent constructing and maintaining roads and exempts road construction from sales tax Defeatedd
LRCA SJR 8214 Gov't Finances Removes the constitutional limitations on investment of funds held in trust for people with developmental disabilities Approveda
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
ITP Initiative 696 Fishing Commercial net fishing in fresh or marine waters Defeatedd
LRCA SJR 8206 Budget Put credit and taxing authority behind voter-approved general obligation debts of school districts Approveda
LRCA SJR 8208 Budget Removes investment limitations on the emergency reserve fund Defeatedd
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 Healthcare Make it a felony to kill a fetus in the "process of birth" Defeatedd
ITL Initiative 200 Affirmative action Government prohibited from granting preferential treatment Approveda
LRSS Referendum 49 Taxes Reduces the motor vehicle excise tax Approveda
See also: Washington 1997 ballot measures

June 17, 1997

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS RB-48 Taxes Seahawks/Qwest Stadium financed by tax revenues and private contributions Approveda

November 4, 1997

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA HJR 4208 Education Allowing school levies for four-year periods Approveda
LRCA HJR 4209 Bonds Sewer loans Approveda
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
LRSS RB-47 Taxes Property taxes limited by modifying the 106 percent limit and reducing state levy Approveda
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
ITL I-173 Education Questions whether the state should pay for scholarship vouchers for primary and secondary students Defeatedd
ITL I-177 Education Questions whether voters be authorized to create "renewed" school districts Defeatedd
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
LRSS Fish Commission, #45 Hunting Director of fish & wildlife appointed by commission, not governor Approveda
VR Land Use, R-48 Property Should Chapter 98, Laws of 1995, concerning land use regulations be upheld? Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 89 Judicial reform Elections and terms of state supreme court justices Approveda
Washington 1994 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Cigarette Tax, #43 Taxes Extend taxes on cigarettes, liquor, and pop syrup Approveda
ITP Denture Sales, I-607 Business Dentures can be sold by people other than dentists Approveda
See 1993 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP "Three Strikes", #593 Judicial reform Mandatory life in prison for those convicted of three offenses deemed serious Approveda
ITP Tax and Spending Cap, #601 Taxes State expenditures limited by inflation rates and population growth Approveda
ITP Tax and Spending Limits, #602 Taxes State revenue collection, state expenditures limited by factor based on personal income Defeatedd
Washington 1992 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITL Initiative 134 Paycheck protection Prohibit public funding of state and local campaigns prohibited Approveda
ITP Term Limits, #573 Term limits Ballot access denied to those who have served specified length of time in political office Approveda
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
ITL Aid-in-Dying, #119 Suicide Terminally ill patients allowed to request aid-in-dying from physician Defeatedd
ITL Abortion, #120 Abortion State abortion laws declare woman's right to choose abortion prior to viability Approveda
LRSS 911 Phone Tax, #42 Taxes 911 emergency service throughout state funded by telephone tax Approveda
LRCA Superior Court Commissioners Judicial reform County commissions allowed to establish number of Superior Court Commissioners Defeatedd
LRCA Superior Court Jurisdiction Judicial reform Reference to "cases in equity" deleted from Superior Court's original jurisdiction Defeatedd
LRCA County Home Rule Admin of gov't Provide alternative method of drafting county home rule charters for submission to voters Defeatedd
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITL Initiative 102 Taxes $360 million in new taxes for child and family services Defeatedd
LRCA Victim rights, Amendment 84 Judicial reform Rights of crime victims Approveda
LRCA Amendment 85 Judicial reform Judicial nominating commission Approveda
LRCA Amendment 86 Admin of gov't Allow local governments to finance private efforts to conserve water Approveda
See also: Washington 1985 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Workers Comp Admin of gov't Workers' Compensation Funds can be invested as authorized by law Approveda
LRCA Ag Commission Admin of gov't Establish agricultural trade commission authority in constitution Approveda
LRCA Excess Tax Levies Education Eliminate conditions on voter approval of public school excess property tax levies Defeatedd
LRCA TIF Districts Taxes Permit local governments to finance public improvements through TIF districts Defeatedd
See also: Washington 1972 ballot measures

Referred statutes

See also: List of Referred Bills in the State of Washington

Approveda Washington Lobbyists Regulation, Referred Bill 24 (1972)
Approveda Washington Regulating Campaign Financing, Referred Bill 25 (1972)
Approveda Washington Bonds for Waste Disposal Facilities, Referred Bill 26 (1972)
Approveda Washington Bonds for Water Supply Facilities, Referred Bill 27 (1972)
Approveda Washington Bonds for Public Recreation Facilities, Referred Bill 28 (1972)
Approveda Washington Health, Social Service Facility Bonds, Referred Bill 29 (1972)
Defeatedd Washington Bonds for Public Transportation Improvements, Referred Bill 30 (1972)
Approveda Washington Bonds for Community Colleges, Referred Bill 31 (1972)

Constitutional amendments

See also: List of amendments to the Washington State Constitution

Initiatives to the Legislature

See also: List of Washington State Initiatives to the Legislature

Defeatedd Approveda Washington Litter Control Act, Initiatives 40 and 40B (1972) [1]
Defeatedd Approveda Washington Shoreline Use and Development, Initiatives 43 and 43B (1972)[2]
Approveda Washington Statutory Tax Limitation, Initiative 44 (1972)

Initiatives to the People

See also: List of Washington State Initiatives to the People

Defeatedd Washington Greyhound Racing, Initiative 258 (1972)
Defeatedd Washington Privatization of Liquor Sales, Initiative 261 (1972)
Approveda Washington Limits on Campaign Expenditures, Initiative 276 (1972)

See also

See also: Washington 1914 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Status
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
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

See also

  • 1999:

The list of State of Washington ballot measure results for November 2, 1999 shows only two measures as having been on the ballot, but the November 2, 1999 Voter Pamphlet shows four as having been on the ballot.

  • 1980:

The copy of the Washington State Constitution published by the state government characterizes Amendment 71 as having passed on November 4, 1980 and as being a product of "Substitute House Joint Resolution No. 37, p 652." However, the 1980 ballot measure election results also published by the state government characterizes HJR 37 as having the ballot title "Shall a graduated net income tax be authorized, excess levies for school operations be prohibited, and some excise taxes limited?". The 1980 ballot measure election results list does not include any ballot measures that relate to the subject of judicial qualifications or the judiciary in general.

  • 1988:

The ballot measure election results page published by the Washington Secretary of State for 1988 shows no ballot measures. At the same time, the copy of the Washington State Constitution published by the state government shows three amendments has having passed on November 8, 1988. As well, the List of all Washington State Initiatives to the Legislature shows Initiatives 97 and 97B as having been on the November 1988 ballot.

  • 1972:

The State of Washington's list of all Initiatives to the Legislature lists Initiative 40 and 40B and Initiative 43 and 43B as having been on the November 1972 ballot. However, the State of Washington's list of election results for 1972 ballot measures says nothing about 40, 40B, 43 or 43B as of November 2009

  • Constitutional amendments:

The official online copy of the Washington State Constitution is annotated so that each article of the constitution lists successful amendments to the constituiton, as in this example. And, the state's main election website lists all statewide ballot measures, including proposed amendments, back to 1970, both those that were approved and those that were defeated. However, at present, there is no online resource that lists proposed amendments to the state's constitution that were on the ballot prior to 1970 and that were defeated. We only have those that succeeded, since those amendments are provided in the annotated Washington State Constitution.

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