Washington Public Employment of Chaplains, HJR 4200 (1993)

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Amendment 88, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, was on the November 2, 1993 ballot in the State of Washington, where it was approved.

Voters were asked, "Shall counties and public hospital districts be permitted to employ chaplains for their hospitals, health care facilities, and hospices?"

Election results

Amendment 88
Approveda Yes 851,333 58.33%

The act by the Washington State Legislature to put the proposed amendment on the ballot was House Joint Resolution 4200.

It was an amendment to Article I, Section 11 of the Washington Constitution. It added these words to Section 11:

"PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That this article shall not be so construed as to forbid the employment by the state of a chaplain for such of the state custodial, correctional, and mental institutions, or by a county's or public hospital district's hospital, health care facility, or hospice, as in the discretion of the legislature may seem justified. No religious qualification shall be required for any public office or employment, nor shall any person be incompetent as a witness or juror, in consequence of his opinion on matters of religion, nor be questioned in any court of justice touching his religious belief to affect the weight of his testimony."

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