Washington Notice of Amendments on Ballot, SJR 25 (1962)

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State of Washington Constitutional Amendment 37 was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Washington State Constitution. It was on the November 6, 1962 ballot in the State of Washington, where it was approved.

Amendment 37 amended Article XXIII, Section 1 of the Washington State Constitution. Prior the adoption of Amendment 37, when a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment was on the ballot, the state legislature was required to provide information about the proposed measure by publishing information about it "for at least three months next preceding the election, in some weekly newspaper, in every county where a newspaper is published throughout the state." Amendment 37 changed the requirement to:

"The legislature shall also cause notice of the amendments that are to be submitted to the people to be published at least four times during the four weeks next preceding the election in every legal newspaper in the state: Provided, That failure of any newspaper to publish this notice shall not be interpreted as affecting the outcome of the election."

It was the 37th amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.

Election results

Amendment 37
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 417,451 54.15%
No353,44845.85%

Ballot question


Shall Section 1, Article XXIII, of the State Constitution requiring publication of the text of each proposed constitutional amendment in a weekly newspaper in each county for three months prior to the election, be amended so as to require only that notice of the proposed constitutional amendment be published at least four times during the four weeks preceding the election in every legal newspaper in the state?

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