Washington Legislative Vacancies Filled by County Commissioners, HJR 13 (1930)
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Amendment 13 was a change to Section 15 of Article II of the Washington State Constitution. It was the 13th amendment approved to the (second) Washington State Constitution subsequent to its ratification in October 1889.
Before Amendment 13
Before Amendment 13 was approved, Section 15 of Article II said:
- "WRITS OF ELECTION TO FILL VACANCIES - The governor shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies as may occur in either house of the legislature."
After Amendment 13
After Amendment 13 was approved, Section 15 of Article II said:
- "VACANCIES IN LEGISLATURE - Such vacancies as may occur in either house of the legislature shall be filled by appointment by the board of county commissioners of the county in which the vacancy occurs, and the person so appointed shall hold office until his successor is elected at the next general election, and shall have qualified: Provided, That in case of a vacancy occurring in the office of joint senator, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the joint action of the boards of county commissioners of the counties composing the joint senatorial district."
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