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Washington Public Utility Districts, Referendum 25 (1944)

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A Washington Public Utility Districts, Referendum 25 was on the November 7, 1944 ballot in the State of Washington as a veto referendum, where it succeeded in overturning an act of the Washington State Legislature.

Election results

Referendum 25
Defeatedd No373,05155.6%
Yes 297,919 44.4%

A "yes" vote for a veto referendum is a vote in favor of the legislative act that those who collected signatures to force onto the ballot are hoping to overturn. A "no" vote is a vote against the legislative act that provoked the veto referendum.

In this case, Chapter 15, Laws of 1943, regarding public utility districts, did not become law. Interestingly, Chapter 15, Laws of 1943 had itself been enacted as the result of an earlier petition process in the state that led to the adoption of Initiative 12 as Chapter 15, Laws of 1943.

Text on the Ballot

An act pertaining to public power resources and public utilities and acquisition and operation thereof by certain public authoritiies and municipal corporations; authorizing public utility district commissioners to create joint commissions; relating to composition, government, powers, funds, business and properties thereof; applying certain public utility district laws thereto; empowering them to acquire electrical properties solely by issuing revenue bonds and warrants; requiring deposit of funds with State Treasurer and audit of accounts by State Auditor; taxing their operations instead of property; permititng their union; ofsetting earnings against interest on certain condemnation awards; declaring emergency and that act take effect immediately.

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