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Initiative 1082

Would add private carriers to the current system of state industrial insurance – often called workers’ compensation – that is run by the state except for large employers who choose to self-insure. Such a system, sometimes called “three-way” industrial insurance, has been introduced in various forms in the Legislature in the past but never cleared both houses.

Election results

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OptionVotesPct
No 1,379,175 59.02%
Yes 957,433 40.98%

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