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.
| Initiative 199|
| 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.
Path to the ballot
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.