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Proposed Initiatives to the Legislature - 1999

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, 1999. 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: 220
Filed: 03/23/1999

Sponsors
Mr. Patrick M. Crawford

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


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would limit the salaries of government officials to four times the average annual income for Washington citizens. Government officials would have no limitation period for prosecution on job-related matters, and their pension rights would be revoked. Managers would be required to take polygraph tests to detect falsification of reports. A citizen panel would be authorized to recover wasted funds. Employment security appeal tribunals would consist of three citizens chosen from the jury pool.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: 221
Filed: 03/15/1999

Sponsors
Mr. Maximus T. Englerius

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


Ballot Title


Shall the Office of State Inspector General be created, with authority to conduct hearings, order corrective action, levy fines for wrongdoing, and revise govern-ment decisions?

Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would create an Office of Inspector General, headed by a Director elected for a four-year term. The Office would be authorized to: conduct hearings; make fact findings; issue cease and desist warnings; require corrective action and restitution; issue fines for wrongdoing against individuals, businesses, and government agencies; seek injunctions; review judicial performance; revise unfair government actions; and propose corrective legislation. Office action could be appealed to the courts, or to certain federal agencies.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: 222
Filed: 04/07/1999

Sponsors
Mr. Alan Merson

Public Contact Information:
PO Box 1553
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: (509) 933-3589


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would enact new limits on state revenue, defined as all revenue counted for the purpose of calculating the state’s constitutional debt limit except the state school levy. The limit in any fiscal year would be the previous fiscal year’s revenue limit multiplied by the average state personal income ratio for the three calendar years preceding the beginning of the fiscal year in question. Existing state expenditure limits and reserve funds would be repealed.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: 223
Filed: 05/12/1999

Sponsors
Mr. William R. Walker

Public Contact Information:
P. O. Box 698
Auburn, WA 98071
Phone: (253) 735-8512


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would request a federal constitutional convention to consider adding an amendment to the United States Constitution permitting an electronic referendum to overturn any act of Congress, action of the president, or decision of a federal or state agency. Certain court decisions would also be subject to overturn by referendum. Electronic voting would replace all other forms of voting. Certain officers would be subject to electronic recall. Election tampering would be punishable by death.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: 224
Filed: 05/13/1999

Sponsors
Mr. Maximus T. Englerius

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


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would create an Office of Inspector General, headed by a Director elected for a four-year term. The Office would be authorized to: conduct hearings; make fact findings; issue cease and desist warnings; require corrective action and restitution; issue fines for wrongdoing against individuals, businesses, and government agencies; seek injunctions; process complaints about government, including the judiciary; propose laws; comment on the constitutionality of laws; and assist injured parties in recovering on official bonds.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: 225
Filed: 06/14/1999

Sponsors
Deborah Lynn Berkley

Public Contact Information:
1222 Landon Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902
Phone: (509) 453-9743


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would provide for prayer and bible reading in public schools. Religious teaching would be offered that God created the world and all in it. Children would be expressly allowed to pray and to read and study the bible in school. Values that God taught would be taught in the public schools and put into children’s lives.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: 226
Filed: 07/16/1999

Sponsors
Mr. Dave C. McGregor

Public Contact Information:
5200 University Wy NE, #504
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (206) 522-7307


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would enact a credit against all regular property taxes of up to $500 per parcel of real property. The credit could not exceed the amount of tax imposed. Any tax increases imposed by state or local government would require voter approval. For this purpose, "tax" would include taxes as well as certain types of fees. "Tax increase" would include new taxes, tax rate increases, expansions in tax bases, and extensions of expiring taxes.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: 227
Filed: 07/29/1999

Sponsors
Raleigh K. Stitt

Public Contact Information:
7714 18th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117-5431
Phone: (206) 784-2294


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would create a Washington health insurance plan. All state residents and small employer groups would be eligible to enroll. The plan would be administered by the state health care authority and funded through premiums, state funds, and contributions from health carriers. The measure would require public and private health plans to meet certain requirements as to disclosure of information, dispute resolution, protection of privacy, health care networks, access to coverage, and related matters.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: 228
Filed: 07/16/1999

Sponsors
Mr. Dave C. McGregor

Public Contact Information:
5200 University Wy NE, #504
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (206) 522-7307


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would enact a credit against all regular property taxes of $500 per parcel of real property, but the credit could not exceed the amount of tax imposed. Any tax increases imposed by state or local government would require voter approval. For this purpose, "tax" would include taxes as well as certain types of fees. "Tax increase" would include new taxes, tax rate increases, expansions in tax bases, and extensions of expiring taxes.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: 229
Filed: 08/02/1999

Sponsors
Flonie Green

Public Contact Information:
CRRH – PO Box 86741
Portland, WA 97286
Phone: (503) 235-4606


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would authorize a cannabis and liquor control commission to license the cultivation and processing of cannabis (marijuana). The commission would regulate production and would sell cannabis for both medical and non-medical purposes. The purchase, cultivation of up to seven plants, and use of cannabis would generally be legal for a person over 21. Driving under the influence of cannabis would remain a crime. Illegal cultivation or sale of cannabis would be a crime.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: 230
Filed: 10/05/1999

Sponsors
Mr. Gerald D. Schaefer

Public Contact Information:
508 Carl Way
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: (360) 533-4632


Ballot Measure Summary
The measure would reduce the 2001 state property tax levy by 7.75 percent. Revenues in excess of the emergency reserve fund would be used to gradually eliminate the state property tax. The state property tax levy would be limited to no increases, and local property taxes would be limited to increases at the rate of inflation. The duration and frequency of levies would be further limited. Financially eligible homeowners could defer property tax payments.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: 231
Filed: 11/23/1999

Sponsors
Mr. Leo J. Fagan
Mr. Ray "Monte" Benham
Mr. Tim D. Eyman

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


Ballot Measure Summary
This measure would declare null and void state and local tax, fee, and utility rate increases adopted without voter approval between July 2, 1999, and December 31, 1999. Property values would be reset to 1999 levels. Property valuation increases would be limited to the lesser of the inflation rate or 2%, except for new construction or changes in property ownership. The levy increase limit factor would be the lesser of 102% or the inflation rate.

Status: No signatures submitted for checking.

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Assigned Number: Not Assigned
Filed: 07/14/1999

Sponsors
Raleigh K. Stitt

Public Contact Information:
7714 18th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117
Phone: (206) 784-2294


Initiative Subject
*Relating to health care. Subject matter only.

Status: INCOMPLETE

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Assigned Number: Not Assigned
Filed: 12/16/1999

Sponsors
Mr. Tim D. Eyman

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


Initiative Subject
*Relating to traffic improvement.

Status: INCOMPLETE

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