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Washington Standard of Living for Seniors and Blind, Initiative 172 (1948)

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A Liberalization of Social Security Benefits Act, Initiative 172 ballot proposition was on the November 2, 1948 statewide ballot in the State of Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. Initiative 172, once it was enacted, became known as Chapter 6, Laws of 1949.

Election results

Initiative 172
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 420,751 55.4%
No352,64245.6%

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Initiative 172 was filed on February 26, 1948.

Text on the Ballot

An act relating to Citizens' Security, providing a minimum standard of living of sixty dollars ($60) a month for needy Senior Citizens and needy Blind, establishing uniform standards for eligibility and amounts of assistance for all categories of public assistance, providing for additional care and funeral benefits, providing for administrative procedures and conformance with Federal Social Security laws, abolishing liens, repealing certain acts and parts of acts in conflict herewith, and appropriating six million five hundred thousand dollars ($6,500,000).

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