The Washington Tax on Beverage Containers, Initiative 61
, was on the November 6, 1979 general election ballot
, where it was defeated.
Sponsor Steve Zemke filed 164,325 signatures to qualify it for the ballot as an Initiative to the Legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, as provided by state constitution the measure was placed on the ballot where it was defeated.
| Initiative 61|
|Yes|| 380,247|| 42.37%|
Language on the Ballot
The language that appeared on the ballot read, "Shall a system requiring a minimum five cent refund on sales of beer, malt and carbonated beverage containers be established?"