Washington Public Utility District Bonds Approval, Initiative 139 (1940)

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The Washington Public Utility District Bonds Approval Initiative, also known as Initiative 139, was on the November 5, 1940 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have required voter approval for the issuance of bonds, securities, or other financial obligations to public utility districts.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 139 (1940)
Defeatedd No362,50858.87%
Yes 253,318 41.13%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

An Act requiring voters' approval of bonds, securities, or other financial obligations to be issued, assumed, or incurred by any public utility district for the purpose of financing the acquisition of property for use in supplying public utility service, and of the proposed plan or system pursuant to which such property is to be acquried and used; providing for the manner of submitting such propositions to the voters at elections; specifying the minimum vote required on such propositions; and making similar provision for pending condemnation actions or proceedings to acquire such property before incurring indebtedness.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 139 was filed on January 5, 1940. Signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1940 Voters Pamphlet", accessed September 12, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People", accessed September 12, 2013