Stories tagged: ballot measures
Sun., Sept. 25, 2016
Initiative 1491 of Washington would allow judges to order some people to surrender guns
Initiative 1491 would allow courts to order people judged to be a danger to themselves or others to surrender any firearms they own and ban them from buying new ones. …
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 9:21 p.m.
Stricter campaign finance and lobbying rules and ending sales tax exemption up for vote in I-1464
Initiative 1464 seeks to toughen state campaign and lobbying laws.
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 3:48 p.m.
I-735 seeks to limit corporate campaign money by urging constitutional amendment
Initiative 735 wants Washington’s congressional delegation to propose a constitutional amendment limiting the sources of money in political campaigns.
Mon., July 25, 2016, 5:21 p.m.
Seattle’s $11 minimum wage has mixed results, study says
Seattle’s minimum wage hike may have increased wages but reduced hours for workers, UW study concludes.
Fri., July 22, 2016, 2:33 p.m.
Washington voters get minimum wage initiative
I-1433 qualifies for the November ballot.
Sun., July 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spin Control: Washington set a dubious record on initiatives
Washington’s general election ballot falls short of a record number of initiatives, but the state did set one other initiative record.
Fri., July 8, 2016, 5:23 p.m.
Four initiatives likely headed for ballot in Washington
Initiatives on consumer protection, political reform, minimum wage and gun control likely to be added to the November ballot.
Tue., March 15, 2016, 5:43 p.m.
Court questions constitutionality of Eyman’s I-1366
The Supreme Court hears arguments on initiative that told Legislature to pass constitutional amendment on tax super-majorities or sales tax would be cut.
Tue., March 1, 2016, 9:29 p.m.
Legislation would bar county auditors’ names from ballot return envelopes
Senate sends election law changes to governor
Fri., Feb. 12, 2016, 1:02 p.m.
Amendment on tax supermajorities fails in Senate
Senate rejects supermajority for taxes constitutional amendment.
Thu., Feb. 4, 2016, 9:18 a.m.
Washington Supreme Court rules against Envision Spokane
The Washington state Supreme Court sided against Envision Spokane in a case related to its 2013 ballot initiative, which was taken off the ballot by the Superior Court. The state’s …
Sat., Nov. 21, 2015, 6:35 p.m.
Spin Control: Fighting over initiatives is premature
New initiatives have interesting ideas, but aren’t serious yet.
Tue., Nov. 10, 2015, 6:08 p.m.
Community Bill of Rights goes to Supreme Court
Supreme Court reviews whether voters should get a chance at the Community Bill of Rights.
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015
Ballots are due Tuesday in Washington
General election ballots must be mailed or deposited in drop boxes by Tuesday in Washington. Voters go to the polls in Idaho.
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 18, 2015, 10:50 p.m.
I-1401 would add state protection for some endangered animals
Initiative 1401 takes aim at poachers, but opponents say it’s a feel-good measure that will create problems for people who have legal ivory.
Tue., Sept. 22, 2015
Initiative sponsor Eyman could face campaign finance law charges
OLYMPIA – Perennial initiative sponsor Tim Eyman could find himself in court over charges he broke campaign finance laws for the way he moved money back and forth in previous …
Sat., Sept. 5, 2015
Washington Supreme Court OKs anti-tax I-1366 for ballot
OLYMPIA – Washington voters will decide this fall whether they want to try to force the Legislature into passing a constitutional amendment that would require supermajorities for tax increases. The …
Thu., July 30, 2015
Tax-focused Eyman initiative qualifies for ballot
OLYMPIA – Tim Eyman’s latest effort to make it harder for the Legislature to raise taxes will be on the fall ballot. State election officials said Wednesday that Initiative 1366 …
Thu., May 7, 2015
Cost of ballot measures must be known prior to submittal
OLYMPIA – Supporters and opponents of state ballot measures will get the official estimate of the cost of proposed laws before writing their statements for the voter’s pamphlets. Under a …
Tue., March 10, 2015
Bill would require statement on initiatives’ funding on ballot
OLYMPIA – State initiatives would contain a ballot message that they could require the Legislature to cut programs or raise taxes if they pass under a bill passed overwhelmingly by …
Sat., Oct. 25, 2014
Legislature asking voters for advice on tax rate changes
Washington voters are asked their “advice” this fall on decisions the Legislature made this spring to change tax rates for marijuana and for some tribal lands. But the Legislature isn’t …
Sun., Oct. 12, 2014
Election 2014: I-591, I-594 differ over gun control
The duel between gun-control initiatives is not just a high-stakes clash between philosophies; it also pits a measure that’s short and sweet against one that features in-depth detail. Initiative 591, …
Sat., Aug. 23, 2014
Gun control measure backing from Seattle region
The vast majority of money supporting the initiative to expand background checks on guns comes from just 10 ZIP codes in the Seattle area, much of it from people with …
Wed., Nov. 6, 2013
GMO labeling initiative appears headed for failure; Eyman’s I-517 rejected
Washington voters signaled they are leery of requiring labels on genetically modified foods, satisfied with their century-old initiative process and have mixed advice for the Legislature on taxes. Initiative 522, …
Tue., Nov. 5, 2013
Low voter turnout expected for today’s election
Records are being set for spending on a statewide initiative in Washington, but officials don’t expect a record number of ballots to be cast in the election that closes tonight. …
Sun., Nov. 3, 2013
Washington voters on their own to decide ballot advisory measures
Voters seeking extensive information from the usual sources on five statewide advisory measures may be out of luck. There are no high-powered campaigns for or against the nonbinding Advisory Votes …
Wed., July 17, 2013
Advisory votes, cost on the rise
OLYMPIA – Washington voters will be asked in November what they think about five tax increases. What legislators do with that knowledge is pretty much up to them, because the …
Fri., June 14, 2013
GMO issue attracts out-of-state interest
OLYMPIA – In another sign that Washington will be the national battleground this fall for the fight over genetically altered foods, opponents of a ballot measure requiring those products to …
Wed., Nov. 7, 2012
Pot use OK’d; same-sex marriage, charter schools leading
Same-sex couples may be able to marry in Washington as early as next month, as the state’s voters seemed to be narrowly approving a law that was passed then suspended …
Tue., Oct. 30, 2012
Opposition to I-502 low on funds, outreach efforts
Many law enforcement and drug treatment professionals in Washington may oppose a ballot measure legalizing marijuana for adults. But that would be hard to guess from the campaign over Initiative …