Washington Unemployment Insurance, Referendum 53 (2002)
in Washington State
|Initiatives to the People|
|Initiatives to the Legislature|
|Statutes referred by Legislature|
|Political topics on the ballot|
|Laws • History • Constitution|
The question on the ballot was "The Legislature passed Engrossed House Bill 2901 (EHB 2901) concerning unemployment insurance [and voters have filed a sufficient referendum petition on parts of this bill]. This bill would revise laws regarding unemployment insurance for employers, including establishing new employer rate classes, increasing some taxable wage bases, and imposing surcharges if certain contingencies occur. Should this Bill be Approved or Rejected?"
Path to the ballot
Elliot J. Swaney filed a notice of intent to seek signatures to overturn the new unemployment insurance law on April 8, 2002. His group ultimately submitted 151, 239 signatures.
Vote in legislature
Engrossed House Bill 2901 -- the law that Referendum 53 challenged -- was passed by the Washington State Legislature by these votes:
- Full text of Referendum 53
- 2002 Washington Ballot Measures Details
- Election results
- 2002 State of Washington ballot measure Voter Pamphlet