Washington Public Utility Districts, Initiative 1 (1930)

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The Washington Public Utility Districts Initiative, also known as Initiative 1, was on the November 4, 1930 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, where it was approved. The measure authorized the creation of public utility districts to produce and distribute water and electricity, empowered such districts to levy taxes and defined the powers and duties of such districts.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 1 (1930)
Approveda Yes 152,487 53.81%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

An Act authorizing the establishment of public utility districts; providing for the construction, purchase, condemnation, acquisition, regulation, maintenance, and operation thereby of plants, properties and facilities for the development and distribution of water and electricity for all purposes; authorizing such districts to levy taxes and to create local assessment districts for the accomplishment of said purposes, and defining the powers and duties of such public utility districts and of certain officers in connection therewith.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 1 was filed on October 25, 1928. Signatures were submitted to qualify the measure to be sent to the legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, 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, "1930 Voters Pamphlet", accessed September 13, 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 Legislature", accessed September 13, 2013