Washington Local Processing of State Timber, Initiative 32 (1968)

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The Washington Local Processing of State Timber, Initiative 32, was on the November 5, 1968 general election ballot in Washington, where it was defeated.

The Committee for Full Employment in Washington sponsored Initiative 32. They filed 136,181 signatures on December 30, 1966 to qualify it as an Initiative to the Legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, as provided by the Washington State Constitution, the measure was placed on the ballot.

Election results

Initiative 32
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No716,29161.4%
Yes 450,559 38.6%

Text on the Ballot

An Act establishing a state agency to be known as the Full Employment Commission; providing for a procedure whereby timber sold by the state to any "responsible bidder" and removed from state-owned or administered lands will be branded, and will receive primary processing in a facility employing Washington residents located in the state of Washington or within fifteen miles from any boundary thereof in an abutting state, unless permission is granted by the Full Employment Commission for primary processing elsewhere based upon a finding that no reasonable market presently exists for the timber at such a facility; and establishing penalties.

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