Washington Harbor Lines, House Bill 195 (1932)

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State of Washington Constitutional Amendment 15 was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Washington State Constitution. It was on the November 8, 1932 ballot in the State of Washington, where it was approved.


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Amendment 15
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No180,41752.55%
Yes 162,895 47.45%


Amendment 15 amended Article XV, Section 1 of the Washington State Constitution.

It was the 15th amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.

Before Amendment 15

Before Amendment 15 was enacted, Article XV, Section 1 said:

"HARBOR LINE COMMISSION AND RESTRAINT ON DISPOSITION OF CERTAIN TIDE LANDS -- The legislature shall provide for the appointment of a commission whose duty it shall be to locate and establish harbor lines in the navigable waters of all harbors, estuaries, bays and inlets of this state, wherever such navigable waters lie within or in front of the corporate limits of any city or within one mile thereof on either side. The state shall never give, sell or lease to any private person, corporation or association any rights whatever in the waters beyond such harbor lines, nor shall any of the area lying between any harbor line and the line of ordinary high tide, and within not less than fifty feet nor more than six hundred feet of such harbor line (as the commission shall determine) be sold or granted by the state, nor its right to control the same relinquished, but such area shall be forever reserved for landings, wharves, streets and other conveniences of navigation and commerce."

Amendment 15

Once Amendment 15 was enacted in 1932, Article XV, Section 1 said:

"HARBOR LINE COMMISSION AND RESTRAINT ON DISPOSITION -- The legislature shall provide for the appointment of a commission whose duty it shall be to locate and establish harbor lines in the navigable waters of all harbors, estuaries, bays and inlets of this state, wherever such navigable waters lie within or in front of the corporate limits of any city, or within one mile thereof on either side. Any harbor line so located or established may thereafter be changed, relocated or reestablished by the commission pursuant to such provision as may be made therefore by the legislature. The state shall never give, sell or lease to any private person, corporation, or association any rights whatever in the waters beyond such harbor lines, nor shall any of the area lying between any harbor line and the line of ordinary high water, and within not less than fifty feet nor more than two thousand feet of such harbor line (as the commission shall determine) be sold or granted by the state, nor its rights to control the same relinquished, but such area shall be forever reserved for landings, wharves, streets, and other conveniences of navigation and commerce.

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