Washington 2008 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.


For a full list of citizen initiatives that attempted to make the 2008 ballot, see Washington 2008 citizen initiatives.


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Measures certified for the ballot

Year Type Initiative Title Subject Matter Description Status
2008 Initiative to the People I-985 Transportation Measure would open high-occupancy vehicle lanes to all traffic during specified hours, require traffic light synchronization, increase roadside assistance funding, and dedicate certain taxes, fines, tolls and other revenues to traffic-flow purposes. Certified for ballot
2008 Initiative to the People I-1000 Death with Dignity Measure would permit terminally ill, competent, adult Washington residents who are medically predicted to have six months or less to live, voluntarily to request and self-administer lethal medication prescribed by a physician. Certified for ballot
2008 Initiative to the People I-1029 Long-term care workers Would revise examination, certification, and professional discipline standards and requirements, including increased training and criminal background check requirements, for long-term care workers for the elderly or disabled. Certified for ballot


Initiatives to the Legislature, still circulating

Year Type Initiative Title Subject Matter Description Status
2008 Initiative to the Legislature Measure No. 409 Enforcement of Immigration Laws Would require state and local agencies to cooperate in enforcing federal immigration laws and would require verifying immigration status of persons seeking employment, receiving driver’s licenses, and receiving some public benefits Petition deadline is 10 days before 2009 legislative session convenes
2008 Initiative to the Legislature Measure No. 410 Initiative and Referendum Process Would require a two-thirds legislative majority to change laws concerning initiatives or referendums; require expedited legal challenges to such laws; and revise laws concerning petitions and suits challenging initiatives or referendums Petition deadline is 10 days before 2009 legislative session convenes
2008 Initiative to the Legislature Measure No. 411 Tax Increase Cap Would limit the annual growth of general fund revenue, not including new voter-approved revenue, to rate of inflation Petition deadline is 10 days before 2009 legislative session convenes


For a full list of citizen initiatives that attempted to make the 2008 ballot, see Washington 2008 citizen initiatives.


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