Washington Legislative Reapportionment and Redistricting Act, Initiative 199 (1956)
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In 1957, the Washington State Legislature by a two-thirds vote of both chambers engaged in legislative tampering to extensively amend Initiative 199, passing Chapter 289, Laws of 1957 which essentially nullified I-199.
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Initiative 199 was filed on February 16, 1956.
Text on the Ballot
LEGISLATIVE REAPPORTIONMENT AND REDISTRICTING An act relating to the state legislature and legislative districts; defining forty-nine senatorial and representative districts; creating three new legislative districts; providing for the number and apportionment of the members of the legislature; increasing the membership of the state senate by three members; substituting census tracts as established by the United States Bureau of the Census for precincts as the basic geographical units from which legislative districts are formed; combining such census tracts to form newly created districts and to change the boundaries and population of some existing districts; and repealing certain acts in conflict therewith.
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