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Washington Supermajority Required for Lotteries, SJR 5 (1972)
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Amendment 56 was a change to Section 24 of Article II of the Washington State Constitution. It was the 56th amendment approved to the (second) Washington State Constitution subsequent to its ratification in October 1889.
Before Amendment 56
Before Amendment 56 was approved, Section 24 of Article II said:
- "LOTTERIES AND DIVORCE - The legislature shall never authorize any lottery or grant any divorce."
Once Amendment 56 passed, Section 24 said:
- "The legislature shall never grant any divorce. Lotteries shall be prohibited except as specifically authorized upon the affirmative vote of sixty percent of the members of each house of the legislature or, notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, by referendum or initiative approved by a sixty percent affirmative vote of the electors voting thereon."
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The official Washington State Constitution says that Amendment 56 was on the November 7, 1972 ballot. However, as of January 2010, the election results list for the state, for 1972, lists SJR 5 as being about county home rule.
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