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Washington Public Assistance Initiative (2010)

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The Washington Public Assistance Initiative , also known as I-1084, did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People. The proposed measure would have allowed the state to award public assistance following verification of citizenship.[1] According to state officials, no petitions were filed in an effort to qualify the measure for the ballot.

Text of measure


The ballot title read:[1]

Statement of Subject: Initiative Measure No. 1084 concerns public assistance.
Concise Description:This measure would direct the state of Washington to award public assistance, as defined in the measure, only to United States citizens, and would require verification of citizenship of applicants for public assistance.
Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]


According to the description prepared by the Washington Secretary of State:

This measure would direct the state to award “public assistance” only to U.S. citizens, require the Department of Social and Health Services to verify citizenship through the federal Department of Homeland Security, and repeal existing state statutes authorizing limited public assistance to qualified aliens and legal immigrants. “Public assistance” is defined to include all assistance services provided by the state, including temporary services, except refugee cash assistance and alcoholism and drug addiction treatment and support.

Path to the ballot

See also: Washington signature requirements

According to state officials, no petitions were filed in an effort to qualify the measure for the ballot. In order to qualify for the November ballot, supporters were required to submit a minimum of 241,153 valid signatures by July 2, 2010.

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