Washington 2006 ballot measures

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The Washington Secretary of State maintains an updated list of ballot measures. In Washington, ballot measures are divided into three categories:

  • "Initiatives to the People" are citizen initiatives that are placed on the ballot through the collection of signatures from voters.
  • "Initiatives to the Legislature", if certified, are submitted to the Legislature at its next regular session in January. The Legislature must take one of the following three actions:
  • (a) adopt the initiative as proposed, in which case it becomes law;
  • (b) reject or refuse to act on the proposed initiative, in which case the initiative must be placed on the ballot at the next state general election; or
  • (c) approve an alternative to the proposed initiative, in which case both the original proposal and the Legislature's alternative must be placed on the ballot at the next state general election.
  • Referenda There are two types of referenda:
  • Referendum Measures are placed on the ballot to overturn statutes recently passed by the state legislature. To qualify for the ballot, sufficient signatures must filed with the Secretary of State not later than ninety days after final adjournment of the session in which the measure was passed by the state legislature.
  • Referendum Bills are proposed laws or constitutional amendments that the legislature chooses to place before the voters on the ballot.


2006

Year Type Initiative Title Subject Matter Description Status
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 917 Motor Vehicle Fees Measure would cap motor vehicle registration charges at $30 per year, repeal taxes and fees exceeding the $30 limit, calculate vehicle taxes and fees based on purchase price, and retire certain bonds. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 918 Transportation Measure would open carpool lanes during off-peak hours, dedicate state motor vehicle sales and use taxes to fund road expansion projects, and require the state issue $10 billion in bonds for this purpose. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 919 Citizen Input Measure would establish a network of citizen councilors, coordinated by the state auditor’s office, where volunteers would meet in small groups and share their opinions on topics of public interest for tabulation. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 920 Estate Taxes Measure would repeal Washington’s state laws imposing tax, currently dedicated for the education legacy trust fund, on transfers of estates of persons dying on or after the effective date of this measure. Failed
Yes: 778,047, No: 1,258,110
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 921 Punishment for Sex Offenses Measure would classify first degree rape, second degree rape, first degree rape of a child, second degree rape of a child, first degree child molestation, first degree kidnapping, indecent liberties by forcible compulsion, and criminal attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit such a crime as violent sex offenses. Adults convicted of these crimes or of sexually violent predator escape would be sentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of release. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 922 Prohibiting Dangerous Initiatives Measure would prohibit “dangerous” initiatives and referendums, require sponsors to research the effects of measures and provide that research to state officials to determine which measures to exclude from the ballot or signature collection. It also would provide for criminal penalties and prohibit anybody convicted of violating this initiative from ever proposing another initiative or referendum, prohibit donations from “special interest groups” or non-state residents, and authorize a sales tax increase if necessary. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 923 Universal Health Care Measure would establish a department of universal health care to operate a health care system open to all legal residents and funded by the state and by patient co payments based on income. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 924 School Expenditures Measure would require, beginning with the 2007-2006 school year, that school districts spend at least 65% of “operational expenditures” on “classroom instructional expenditures,” as defined by the initiative, with certain waivers available. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 925 Notice of Insolvency Proceedings Measure would amend receivership laws to require notice to all employees if their business employer files an insolvency proceeding such as a receivership, assignment for the benefit of creditors, bankruptcy, or liquidation. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 926 Collective Bargaining for Public Employees Measure would prohibit collective bargaining agreements for employees of the State of Washington, state colleges and universities, community colleges, and school districts from requiring the employee to pay any fees, dues, or other obligations to a bargaining representative as condition of employment. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 929 Detaining Arrested Foreign Nationals Measure would require a car, truck, or other vehicle to have only one license plate, mounted on the rear of the vehicle. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 932 Forming and Consolidationg Counties Measure would establish procedures for forming or consolidating counties, including a petition, approval by either the legislature or local voters, division of county assets and liabilities, and electing initial county officers. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 933 Property Rights Measure would require compensation when government regulation damages the use or value of private property, would forbid regulations that prohibit existing legal uses of private property, and would provide exceptions or payments. Failed
Yes: 839,992, No: 1,199,679
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 934 Qualifications for Office Measure would require every candidate for state elective office to pass the tenth grade Washington assessment of student learning (WASL) test, and to file an affidavit so certifying before filing for office. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 935 Teacher Bonuses Measure would provide yearly bonus payments for public school teachers based on parent/guardian ratings, calculated as a percentage of average teacher salary, and funded by a sales tax increase of 0.15 percent. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 936 Punishment of Sex Offenders Measure would establish minimum sentences for certain sex offenses against children, developmentally disabled persons, mentally disordered persons, frail elderly persons or vulnerable adults, and restrict eligibility for treatment-based alternative sex offender sentencing. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 937 Energy Resource Use Measure would require certain electric utilities with 25,000 or more customers to meet certain targets for energy conservation and use of renewable energy resources, as defined, including energy credits, or pay penalties. Passed
Yes: 1.042,679No: 972,747
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 938 Sex Offender Monitoring Measure would require the following sex offenders to submit to electronic monitoring using a global positioning system for the entire duration of their registration: (a) those convicted of failure to register as a sex offender; (b) those classified at risk level III; or (c) those who register as “transient” or with “no known address.” The system would be required to actively monitor, identify, and timely report the offender’s location. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 939 Sex Offender Monitoring Measure would establish mandatory minimum sentences for failure to register after conviction of a felony sex offense: up to 12 months in prison for first conviction and at least 17 months for subsequent convictions. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 941]] Nominations of Candidates for Office Measure would permit minor political parties or independent groups to nominate a candidate even if another party nominates the candidate. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 942 Collection of Rainwater would provide that collection of rainwater for storage and reuse on the same property where collected shall not be restricted, regulated, or require water rights. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 944 Revenue Increase Approval Measure would require state and local governments to receive two-thirds approval by the legislative body, or majority approval by the legislative body and voter approval to increase taxes, fees or other revenue. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 946 Verify Status of Public Benefit Recipients Measure would require state and local government employees to verify the identity and immigration status of every applicant for non-federally mandated public benefits and to report immigration violations. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 947 Initiative and Referendum Process Measure would direct a two-thirds legislative vote on emergency clauses or bills affecting the initiative and referendum process; provide judicial review of emergency clauses; define and provide penalties for interference with petition-signing. Failed to make ballot
2006 Initiative to the People Measure No. 952 Video Lottery for Green Projects Measure would direct the lottery commission to operate up to 10,000 video lottery terminals and create a board to distribute revenues for “green power” tax incentives, home improvement loans, and educational grants. Failed to make ballot

Ballot Statistics

Forty (40) "initiatives to the people" were filed for 2006, but only three made the 2006 ballot.[1] (When ballot measures don't qualify, it may be because the wording was filed and approved, but an active campaign to collect signatures never materialized.)


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