Washington 2008 ballot measures

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Three statewide ballot measures were on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Washington. All three were Initiatives to the People.

November 4, 2008 ballot measures

Title Subject Description Status
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. Failed
Yes: 40%
No: 60%
I-1000 Aid in dying 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. Passed
Yes: 59%
No: 41%
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. Passed
Yes: 73%
No: 27%

Initiatives to the Legislature, still circulating

Type Title Subject Matter Description Status
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
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
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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