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Washington Governmental Continuity in Emergencies, HJR 9 (1962)

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Amendment 39, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Washington State Constitution, was on the November 6, 1962 ballot in the State of Washington, where it was approved.

Amendment 39 added Section 42 to Article II of the Washington State Constitution. It was the 39th amendment approved to the (second) Washington State Constitution subsequent to its ratification in October 1889.

Election results

Amendment 39
Approveda Yes 496,956 64.03%

Constitutional changes

Amendment 39 gives the government of Washington authority to enact legislation during times of declared emergency that conflicts with these constitutional provisions:

  • Article 3, Section 10 (Amendment 6), Succession to Governorship: Provided, That the legislature shall not depart from Section 10, Article III, as amended by Amendment 6, of the state Constitution relating to the Governor's office so long as any successor therein named is available and capable of assuming the powers and duties of such office as therein prescribed;

Ballot question

Shall Article II of the State Constitution be amended by adding a section empowering and directing the legislature to provide a method of temporary succession to elected and appointive offices when because of an emergency resulting from enemy attack the incumbents are unavailable to act and further empowering the legislature to depart from certain constitutional provisions if, in discharging this duty, the emergency renders compliance impracticable?

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