The Washington Limitations on State Debt, also known as House Joint Resolution 52, was on the November 7, 1972 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure allowed the legislature to authorize debts by a three-fifths majority vote in both houses and only debts that would not require debt service payment to exceed nine percent. The measure amended Section 1 of Article VIII of the Washington State Constitution.
| Washington HJR 52 (1972)|
| Yes|| 673,376|| 58.53%|
Election results via: Washington Secretary of State
Text of measure
- See also: Washington State Constitution, Section 1 of Article VIII
The language that appeared on the ballot:
|| Shall the present $400,000 limitation upon certain state debts incurred without voter approval be replaced with a limitation allowing those debts covered by the amendment only if--
- (1) their aggregate amount will not require annual principal and interest payments to exceed 9% of the average amount of general state revenues for the three immediately preceding fiscal years; and
- (2) the laws authorizing such debts are approved by a three-fifths majority of both houses of the legislature?