Washington Limitations on State Debt, HJR 52 (1972)
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Amendment 60 amended Section 1, and Section 3 of Article VIII, of the Washington State Constitution. It was the 60th amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.
Text of measure
The ballot question was, "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?"
Once Amendment 60 was enacted, Section 1 of Article VIII said, "Except the debt specified in sections one and two of this article, no debts shall hereafter be contracted by, or on behalf of this state, unless such debt shall be authorized by law for some single work or object to be distinctly specified therein. No such law shall take effect until it shall, at a general election, or a special election called for that purpose, have been submitted to the people and have received a majority of all the votes cast for and against it at such election."
Before Amendment 60
Sections 1 and 3 of Article VIII were amended before Amendment 60 by:
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