Proposed Initiatives to the Legislature - 2000

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 29, 2000. 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: 232
Filed: 03/08/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Theodore E. Cowan

Public Contact Information:
14222 Hobart Road
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: (425) 392-6896


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would entitle each citizen of the state to a basic amount of water needed for domestic purposes. The basic amount would be set by statute, or by rules adopted by the department of health. Water rights could be exercised individually or cumulatively in larger water systems. In water systems, the individual water rights would be assigned to the purveyors. Individual rights could be exercised as a ground water source in any way practicable.

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Assigned Number: 233
Filed: 03/08/2000

Sponsors
Mr. William Harrington

Public Contact Information:
PO Box 5345
Tacoma, WA 98415
Phone: (253) 475-4564


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would establish a state policy favoring shared parenting arrangements when there is a dissolution of marriage or separation. Unless the parents agree otherwise or the court after investigation finds special circumstances (such as abandonment, child abuse, or neglect), all parenting plans would be required to assign at least 35% of a child’s residential time, including overnights, to each parent. Courts would generally be required to accept parenting plans agreed to by the parents.

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Assigned Number: 234
Filed: 03/08/2000

Sponsors
Margarita Prentice

Public Contact Information:
6228 S Langston Rd.
Seattle, WA 98178
Phone: (206) 772-6480


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would define as "information custodians" nonpublic businesses that maintain and transfer data containing personal or sensitive information about consumers residing in Washington. Information custodians would be restricted from obtaining more information from consumers than reasonably necessary. "Personal information" could not be transferred to others if consumers objected, with certain exceptions. Businesses could not transfer "sensitive information," such as identification numbers, DNA, and passwords, without express consumer consent. Violations could result in civil liability.

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Assigned Number: 235
Filed: 03/13/2000

Sponsors
Mr. William R. Walker

Public Contact Information:
PO Box 698
Auburn, WA 98071
Phone: (253) 735-8860


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure states that the legislature would apply to Congress to call a federal constitutional convention. The convention would consider a proposed amendment contained in this measure, as well as other possible business. The proposed amendment would: subject acts of Congress and presidential actions to public review by electronic initiative, referendum, or general vote; limit judicial review; require 60% approval for tax increases; allow constitutional amendments by electronic initiative; and allow recall of federal officers.

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Assigned Number: 236
Filed: 04/03/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Jim Morrison

Public Contact Information:
120 Maddox Road
Naches, WA 98937
Phone: (509) 966-5734


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would make American-English the official state language. All business of state and local governments would be conducted in American-English and no other language. Governments could act in other languages to assist students in learning American-English; to comply with federal laws; to teach students foreign language as part of an education curriculum; to protect public health or safety; to protect the rights of criminal defendants and crime victims; and for historical or ceremonial functions.

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Assigned Number: 237
Filed: 03/29/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Richard Lee Moore

Public Contact Information:
91 Packard St.
Underwood, WA 98651
Phone: (509) 493-2098


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would direct the legislature to enact legislation calling for a constitutional convention. The initiative includes a suggested amendment to the United States Constitution, which would establish a national initiative and referendum system. The measure sets forth the details of a proposed system by which federal laws could be enacted by national initiative, laws and treaties could be reviewed by referendum, and federal officers could be recalled from office.

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Assigned Number: 238
Filed: 04/11/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Brian Sullivan

Public Contact Information:
4440 Memory Lane W
University Place, WA 98466
Phone: (253) 472-5041


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would require all financial institutions and insurance companies to protect consumer personal information. "Personal information" would include identification numbers, passwords, account balances, phone numbers, and similar information. Companies would be prohibited from collecting unnecessary information and restricted in transferring personal information to others, except when authorized by the customer or subject to such exceptions as business necessity or compliance with federal or state law. Violations could result in fines and in civil liability.

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Assigned Number: 239
Filed: 04/24/2000

Sponsors
Suzanne D. Karr

Public Contact Information:
2224 Grand Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
Phone: (425) 258-9611


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would require that 90% of state and local transportation funds, including local transit taxes but excluding ferry and transit fares, be spent on road construction, improvement, and maintenance. Road and lane construction and maintenance would be the top transportation priority. Performance audits of transportation and public transit agencies would be required. Materials and labor used in road construction or maintenance would be exempt from sales tax. Counties and cities would update transportation plans.

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Assigned Number: 240
Filed: 04/27/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Donald Carter

Public Contact Information:
8311 Thrulake Loop
Olympia, WA 98513
Phone: (360) 456-8655


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would eliminate the state property tax levy. Assessed value of property could not exceed 50% of true and fair value. Real property taxes would be calculated at $5.90 per $1000 of assessed value. Chapter 84.41 RCW, which contains many of the laws concerning revaluation of property, would be repealed in its entirety. Voter-approved levies would not be affected. The measure would take effect January 1, 2002.

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Assigned Number: 241
Filed: 04/24/2000

Sponsors
Mr. James L. King, Jr.

Public Contact Information:
120 State Ave NE, #199
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 534-5655


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would limit sales, takings, and conflicting uses of park lands by imposing procedural conditions and other limitations on their transfer. A portion of existing state revenue would be reallocated to parks and recreation. Local governments could, with voter approval, levy property, sales, or real estate taxes for parks and recreation. Fees for recreational services would be exempted from Initiative 601’s fee increase limitations. Certain parks employees could join the LEOFF pension system. (Revised May 25, 2000)

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Assigned Number: 242
Filed: 04/26/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Maximus T. Englerius

Public Contact Information:
PO Box 2622
Seattle, WA 98111
Phone: (206) 322-5500


Ballot Measure Summary
Shall an Office of State Inspector General be created, authorized to conduct hearings, issue cease and desist warnings, bring court actions, and review judicial performance? (Revised May 24, 2000)

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Assigned Number: 243
Filed: 05/18/2000

Sponsors
Mr. J. R. Baker

Public Contact Information:
PO Box 10504
Bainbridge, WA 98110
Phone: (206) 855-1717


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would allow businesses to collect only personal information reasonably necessary to process consumer-related requests. Personal information could not be disclosed without permission, except for law enforcement, non-profit and other stated purposes, with additional restrictions as to financial and medical information. Consumers would have access to their personal information. Personal information could be kept only so long as necessary, or as otherwise provided by law. Violations could result in civil liability or misdemeanor prosecution.

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Assigned Number: 244
Filed: 06/14/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Stanley J. McKinney

Public Contact Information:
514 Perry Ave N.
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Phone: (360) 895-4280


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would direct the legislature to propose an amendment to article VII, section 2(a) of the Washington State Constitution that would require a simple majority vote for passage of school maintenance and operation levies. The legislature would be directed to submit the proposed amendment to the qualified voters of the state at the next general election.

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Assigned Number: 245
Filed: 06/16/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Stuart J. Bramhall

Public Contact Information:
2366 Eastlake #325
Seattle, WA 98102
Phone: (206) 323-3393
info@healthcare2k.org

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would establish a health security trust to operate a health coverage system for all state residents not covered by federal programs. The trust would develop a single benefits package funded by mandatory premiums, a sliding-rate payroll assessment on employers, existing taxes, and co-payments. Payments to providers would be negotiated. For residents keeping private insurance coverage, state coverage would be secondary, with premiums remaining mandatory. Fifty million dollars would be appropriated for fiscal 2003.

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Assigned Number: 246
Filed: 07/06/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Jeffrey W. Sowers

Public Contact Information:
2121 Evergreen Pk. Dr. SW #137
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: (360) 534-9369
jeffwsowers@hotmail.com

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would declare that the people may directly amend the constitution by initiative, without amending existing constitutional language. The measure would permit measures called "constitutional initiatives" to qualify for the ballot with signatures equal to three percent of the votes cast for governor at the last election conducted for that office. Proposed "constitutional initiative" measures could be filed up to sixteen months prior to the election at which they are to be submitted.

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Assigned Number: 247
Filed: 08/04/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Randy G. Boss

Public Contact Information:
7510 43rd St Ct NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Phone: (253) 858-5100


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would prohibit the use of tolls or user fees for the costs of improvements, operation, maintenance, or restoration of an existing surfaced road or bridge. The department of transportation would be prohibited from leasing, franchising, or transferring roads or bridges to another entity, where such charges would be imposed. No past or future agreement could limit the public’s continued use of two-way, toll-free roads or bridges. Several statutes regarding bridges would be repealed.

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Assigned Number: 248
Filed: 07/27/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Douglas P. Stanford

Public Contact Information:
CRRH-WA PO Box 3232
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: (425) 889-8298


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would permit the cultivation, sale, and use of cannabis (marijuana) as regulated by a state cannabis and liquor control commission. Certain personal use plants and hemp production would be exempt from regulation. The commission would sell cannabis at commission stores. Cannabis for medical treatment and research would be sold at cost. It would be a crime to sell or provide cannabis to a minor. The commission would conduct tests and set certain standards.

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Assigned Number: 249
Filed: 08/21/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Chad E. Taylor

Public Contact Information:
45 NE Washington Ave #5
Chehalis, WA 98532
Phone: (360) 740-4477


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would extend state expenditure limits to all funds and accounts subject to allotment, except debt service funds, capital project funds, internal service funds, and certain other special purpose funds. The limit on each account could be adjusted to reflect transfers of program costs into or out of the fund. The emergency reserve fund balance could not exceed five percent of biennial expenditures, and excesses would be redistributed among several existing and new funds.

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Assigned Number: 250
Filed: 10/02/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Andrea K. Vangor

Public Contact Information:
PO Box 18499
Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: (206) 721-1013
info@marriagedefense.org

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would limit the eligibility of state employees and dependents for insurance benefits. Only employees and dependents meeting eligibility requirements in place on May 1, 2000 would be eligible for these benefits. The term "lawful spouse" would include only a husband or wife of a state employee in a marriage recognized as valid in this state. Unmarried partners of state employees, and the children of unmarried partners, would be excluded from benefits.


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Assigned Number: 251
Filed: 11/16/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Leo J. Fagan
Mr. M. J. Fagan
Mr. Tim D. Eyman

Public Contact Information:
11913 59th Ave W
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Phone: (425) 493-9127


Ballot Title
Initiative Measure 251 concerns limiting the growth of state revenue.

This measure would limit the growth of total state revenue to the rate of inflation, beginning with the year 2000, with intent that the Legislature reduce property taxes to stay within this limit.

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would limit annual increases in state revenue to the rate of inflation, beginning in the year 2000, with intent that revenues above the limit be reduced by the Legislature through property tax decreases. "Revenue" would include all taxes and fees collected by the state, except: tuition; fines and restitution; insurance premiums; revenue from sales of land or timber; investment income; or money received from the federal government.

* The sponsor has notified the Secretary of State's office that they would like to withdraw this initiative.

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Assigned Number: 252
Filed: 11/16/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Leo J. Fagan
Mr. M. J. Fagan
Mr. Tim Eyman

Public Contact Information:
11913 59th Ave W
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Phone: (425) 493-9127


Ballot Title
Initiative Measure No. 252 concerns local government tax and fee increases.

This measure would require voter approval for all future local government tax and fee increases, and would restore such taxes and fees to their January 1, 2000, levels, unless approved by the voters.


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would restore all local government tax and fees to their levels as of January 1, 2000. Future tax and fee increases would require voter approval. The measure would cover all taxes and fees in which a local government acts in a governmental capacity, but would not include education tuition, tolls and transit charges, insurance premiums, or other proprietary charges. Temporary emergency exceptions could be declared, with a two-thirds vote of the taxing authority.

* The sponsor has notified the Secretary of State's office that they would like to withdraw this initiative.

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Assigned Number: 253
Filed: 11/27/2000

Sponsors
Mr. William A. Arensmeyer

Public Contact Information:
411 Lee St SW, #B-8
Tumwater, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 534-0323


Ballot Title
Initiative Measure 253 concerns gathering of initiative petition signatures.

This measure would require that a person collecting signatures for an initiative petition be a registered voter in the legislative district in which the person is collecting signatures.

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Assigned Number: Not Assigned
Filed: 04/28/2000

Sponsors
Suzanne D. Karr

Public Contact Information:
2224 Grand Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
Phone: (425) 258-9611


Initiative Subject
*Relating to Improving traffic.

Status: INCOMPLETE

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Assigned Number: Not Assigned
Filed: 07/17/2000

Sponsors
Mr. Jeffrey W. Sowers

Public Contact Information:
2121 Evergreen Pk. Dr. SW #137
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: (360) 534-9369
jeffwsowers@hotmail.com

Initiative Subject
*Relating to signature requirements of initiative petitions.

Incomplete

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Assigned Number: (not assigned)
Filed: 11/27/2000

Sponsors
Mr. William A. Arensmeyer

Public Contact Information:
411 Lee St SW, #B-8
Tumwater, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 534-0323


Initiative Subject
*Relating to initiative signatures.