2004 Online Voters' Guide: Measures

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INITIATIVE MEASURE 872FULL TEXT: PDF
ELECTIONS FOR PARTISAN OFFICES

Initiative Measure No. 872 concerns elections for partisan offices.

This measure would allow voters to select among all candidates in a primary. Ballots would indicate candidates’ party preference. The two candidates receiving most votes advance to the general election, regardless of party.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Yes [ ] No [ ]

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT | ARGUMENTS FOR & AGAINST | FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT

INITIATIVE MEASURE 884FULL TEXT: PDF
DEDICATING FUNDS DESIGNATED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES

Initiative Measure No. 884 concerns dedicating funds designated for educational purposes.

This measure would create an education trust fund for smaller classes, extended learning programs, certain salary increases, preschool access, and expanded college enrollments and scholarships, funded by increasing retail sales tax by 1%.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Yes [ ] No [ ]

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT | ARGUMENTS FOR & AGAINST | FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT

INITIATIVE MEASURE 892FULL TEXT: PDF
AUTHORIZING ADDITIONAL ELECTRONIC SCRATCH TICKET MACHINES

Initiative Measure No. 892 concerns authorizing additional “electronic scratch ticket machines” to reduce property taxes.

This measure would authorize licensed non-tribal gambling establishments to operate the same type and number of machines as tribal governments, with a portion of tax revenue generated used to reduce state property taxes.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Yes [ ] No [ ]

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT | ARGUMENTS FOR & AGAINST | FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT

REFERENDUM MEASURE 55FULL TEXT: PDF
CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Votes cast by the 2004 Legislature on final passage: Senate: Yeas, 27; Nays, 22; Absent, 0; Excused, 0. House: Yeas, 51; Nays, 46; Absent, 0; Excused, 1.

The legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2295 (ESSHB 2295) concerning charter public schools.

This bill would authorize charter public schools and would set conditions on operations. Charter schools would be operated by qualified nonprofit corporations, under contracts with local education boards, and allocated certain public funds.

Should this bill be:

Approved [ ] Rejected [ ]

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT | ARGUMENTS FOR & AGAINST | FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT

INITIATIVE MEASURE 297FULL TEXT: PDF
MIXED RADIOACTIVE AND NONRADIOACTIVE HAZARDOUS WASTE

Initiative Measure No. 297 concerns “mixed” radioactive and nonradioactive hazardous waste.

This measure would add new provisions concerning “mixed” radioactive and nonradioactive hazardous waste, requiring cleanup of contamination before additional waste is added, prioritizing cleanup, providing for public participation and enforcement through citizen lawsuits.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Yes [ ] No [ ]

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT | ARGUMENTS FOR & AGAINST | FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT

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