Washington State Timber Resources Board, Referendum 27 (1946)

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The Washington State Timber Resources Board Act, also known as Referendum 27, was on the November 5, 1946 ballot in Washington as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have created a State Timber Resource Board, which would have regulated timber harvesting from all state forest lands.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 27 (1946)
Defeatedd No422,02679.66%
Yes 107,731 20.34%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act creating a State Timber Resources Board; making all sales of state timber and state grant forest lands subject to final approval by such Board; fixing qualifications of the Supervisor of Forestry; reqiring him to exercise the powers, functions and duties relative to sales of state timber, reforestation, forestry policy, management and practice now exercised by the Board of State Land Commissioners, State Capitol Committee, State Forest Board, Commissioner of Public Lands and State Parks Committee; all of the purpose of centralizing state timber sales and management.[2]

Path to the ballot

Referendum 27 was filed on April 3, 1945. Signatures were submitted on June 6, 1945 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, "1946 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 11, 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, "History of Referendum Measures," accessed September 11, 2013