Washington Social Security and Unemployment Assistance, Initiative 157 (1944)

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A Liberalization of Old Age Assistance Laws, Initiative 157 ballot proposition was on the November 7, 1944 statewide ballot in the State of Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated.

I-157 was on the same ballot as the Liberalization of Old Age Assistance Laws by the Townsend Clubs, Initiative 158, which also was defeated.

Election results

Initiative 157
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No403,75662.69%
Yes 240,565 37.31%

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Initiative 157 was filed on March 3, 1944.

Text on the Ballot

An act relating to Social Security and Unemployment Compensation; creating a Washington State Social Security Board and establishing a Washington State Social Security System; extending unemployment compensation benefits to include war veterans and certain governmental employees; enlarging, generally, the scope of unemployment benefits; liberalizing grants to the blind and senior citizens; directing a survey of cost and availability of medical care; prescribing duties of certain officers; defining certain terms; making an appropriation; repealing acts and parts of acts in conflict therewith and establishing effective dates.

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