Proposed Initiatives to the Legislature - 1998

The following is a list of proposed initiatives to the Legislature filed to date with the Office of the Secretary of State. To be certified, a petition must contain the signatures of at least 179,248 registered voters. The deadline for filing petition signatures for the following initiatives is 5:00 p.m. December 31, 1998. Questions regarding the content of initiatives should be directed to the sponsor(s).

NOTE

Initiative numbers are not assigned until the proposal has been reviewed by the state Code Reviser and the sponsor has submitted the final language of the proposed initiative. The content of initiatives is described as general "subject matter" pending the issuance of an official ballot title and summary by the state Attorney General.

Assigned Number: 209
Filed: 03/12/1998

Sponsors
Mr. William R. Walker

Public Contact Information:
PO Box 698
Auburn, WA 98071-0698
Phone: (253) 735-8512


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would apply to the Congress of the United States to call a constitutional convention. The convention would be for the purpose of considering possible amendments to the Constitution. The measure includes a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution which would make acts of Congress, decisions of the federal or state courts, and actions of the President subject to review by national electronic vote, and would allow future constitutional amendments by electronic initiative.

Status: No signatures submitted by deadline.

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Assigned Number: 210
Filed: 03/25/1998

Sponsors
Mr. Patrick M. Crawford

Public Contact Information:
PO Box 161
Littlerock, WA 98556
Phone: (360) 357-7536


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would limit the salaries of elected or appointed government officials to four times the average income for state citizens; eliminate the statutes of limitation for job-related crimes committed by government officials; require polygraph examinations of government employees; and establish a citizen panel to oversee the recovery of wasted funds. The measure would also require the employment security department to conduct administrative hearings with three-member citizen panels chosen at random, replacing administrative law judges.

Status: No signatures submitted by deadline.

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Assigned Number: 211
Filed: 04/23/1998

Sponsors
Mr. Alan M. Gottlieb

Public Contact Information:
12500 NE Tenth Pl
Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: (425) 454-4911


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would allow a non-resident of Washington to carry a concealed pistol in this state with either a Washington or an out-of-state license. The bearer must be twenty-one years old or older. An out-of-state license would be recognized only if issued after a criminal history and mental records check and a finding that the bearer is legally qualified to own or control a firearm. Washington residents could receive completed Washington pistol licenses by mail.

Status: No signatures submitted by deadline.

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Assigned Number: 212
Filed: 05/22/1998

Sponsors
Mr. Donald W. Carter

Public Contact Information:
8311 Thrulake Loop
Olympia, WA 98513
Phone: (360) 456-8655
wacpr@juno.com

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would: limit taxes on property used as an owner's principal residence to 0.59 percent of "adjusted value"; base assessed value of property on "adjusted value" defined as the lesser of true and fair value or a number derived by increasing the 1992 value by two percent per year; permit revaluation on change of ownership; eliminate state tax on owner-occupied property; limit property tax collection; and apply to taxes payable in 2000 and after.

Status: No signatures submitted by deadline.

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Assigned Number: 213
Filed: 06/16/1998

Sponsors
Mr. Thomas E. Bader

Public Contact Information:
7491 Old Redmond Rd
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: (425) 882-0280


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would impose criminal penalties and civil liability for installing cameras in: dressing rooms; hotel or motel rooms; rooms within housing units; offices; safe deposit box viewing rooms; locker rooms; public restrooms; and tanning rooms. Exceptions would be provided for: cameras installed by the occupant of a home or business; law enforcement criminal investigations; newsgathering by the media; monitoring employees in the workplace; and cameras in common areas of hotels, motels, and housing complexes.

Status: No signatures submitted by deadline.

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Assigned Number: 214
Filed: 06/29/1998

Sponsors
Mr. Daniel L. Wood

Public Contact Information:
2323 Aberdeen Avenue
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: (360) 538-7479


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would reduce the state property tax for the common schools from $3.60 per thousand dollars of assessed value to $1.80 in 2000 and 2001, and would eliminate the tax in 2002. Public agencies would be required to exercise eminent domain powers before imposing use limitations on property, including open space and wildlife habitat requirements. The taxable value of such property would be based on a current use assessment, if requested by the owner.

Status: No signatures submitted by deadline.

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Assigned Number: 215
Filed: 07/27/1998

Sponsors
Mr. Daniel L. Wood

Public Contact Information:
2323 Aberdeen Avenue
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: (360) 538-7479


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would reduce the state property tax levy for schools from its current $3.60 per thousand dollars of assessed value to $1.80 in 2000 and 2001, and would eliminate this tax entirely in 2002. State and local governments would be required to follow eminent domain acquisition procedures to impose "open space" requirements on private property. The taxable value of such property would be based on a current use assessment, if requested by the owner.

Status: No signatures submitted by deadline.

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Assigned Number: 216
Filed: 07/02/1998

Sponsors
Mr. J. Craig Church

Public Contact Information:
1526 Lincoln St
Port Townsend , WA
Phone: (360) 385-0149


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would require registration with the county sheriff by any adult or juvenile who is convicted, in custody, or under supervision for committing a bias/hate offense under the laws of this state, any other state, the United States, or any foreign country. It would also require registration by persons found not guilty of bias/hate offenses by reason of insanity. Registration would involve providing identifying information. Failure to register would be a criminal offense.

Status: No signatures submitted by deadline.

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Assigned Number: 219
Filed: 10/08/1998

Sponsors
Mr. Timothy D. Eyman

Public Contact Information:
PO Box 1641
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Phone: (425) 493-8707


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would establish a license tab fee for motor vehicles at $30 per year beginning January 1, 2000, regardless of year, value, make, or model of the motor vehicle. Existing taxes and fees relating to motor vehicles would be repealed. The measure provides that voter approval would be required for any new taxes, including sales and use, property, business and occupation, fuel, and excise taxes, and any fees or surcharges.

Status: No signatures submitted by deadline.

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Assigned Number: 218
Filed: 09/08/1998

Sponsors
Mr. Timothy D. Eyman

Public Contact Information:
4505 University Wy NE #111
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (425) 493-8707


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would establish a license tab fee for motor vehicles at $30 per year beginning January 1, 2000. This fee would be the same regardless of year, value, make or model of the motor vehicle. Existing excise taxes and licensing fees relating to motor vehicles would be repealed. The measure contains language which states that "[a]ny future changes to this act cannot be made without a vote of the people during a general election."

Status: No signatures submitted by deadline.

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Assigned Number: 217
Filed: 08/03/1998

Sponsors
Mr. Daniel L. Wood

Public Contact Information:
2323 Aberdeen Avenue
Hoquiam, WA 98550
Phone: (360) 538-7479


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would reduce the state school levy for public schools to $1.80 per thousand dollars of assessed value in 2000 and 2001, and would eliminate this levy entirely beginning in 2002. Amounts equal to 1998-1999 public school spending would be transferred from the general fund to a new account dedicated to K-12 public education. Governments would be required to use negotiation and purchase in order to impose "open space" requirements on private property.

Status: No signatures submitted by deadline.

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