Washington Constitutional Amendment 70
(Senate Joint Resolution 120) was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
to the Washington State Constitution
. It was on the November 6, 1979
ballot in the State of Washington
, where it was approved.
| Amendment 70|
| Yes|| 526,349|| 62.80%|
Text of measure
The question on the ballot was, "Shall municipal utilities be permitted by the constitution to assist owners of residences in financing energy conservation measures until 1990?"
Amendment 70 added a new section, Section 10, to Article VIII of the Washington State Constitution.
It was the 70th amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.
Section 10, Article VIII
Amendment 70 added this language to Section 10:
- "RESIDENTIAL ENERGY CONSERVATION -- Notwithstanding the provisions of section 7 of this Article, until January 1, 1990 any county, city, town, quasi municipal corporation, municipal corporation, or political subdivision of the state which is engaged in the sale or distribution of energy may, as authorized by the legislature, use public moneys or credit derived from operating revenues from the sale of energy to assist the owners of residential structures in financing the acquisition and installation of materials and equipment for the conservation or more efficient use of energy in such structures. Except as provided in section 7 of this Article, an appropriate charge back shall be made for such extension of public moneys or credit and the same shall be a lien against the residential structure benefited. Except as to contracts entered into prior thereto, this amendment to the state Constitution shall be null and void as of January 1, 1990 and shall have no further force or effect after that date."