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Washington Legislative Reapportionment and Redistricting Act, Initiative 199 (1956)

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A Legislative Reapportionment and Redistricting Act, Initiative 199 ballot proposition was on the November 6, 1956 statewide ballot in the State of Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved.

Election results

Initiative 199
Approveda Yes 448,121 52.45%

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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