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Ergo, an initiative…

Foes of new state rules about workplace repetitive-motion injuries on Tuesday took a big step toward overturning those rules. They delivered roughly 260,000 signatures to the state Secretary of State's office. That's more than enough, if validated by spot checks, to give voters a chance to repeal the controversial ergonomics rules at the ballot box in November.
Business groups, particularly those representing small-businesses, say the rules are complex and arbitrary, and would cost businesses hundreds of millions of dollars.
Labor groups say the rules, the strictest in the country, will help prevent unnecessary workplace injuries.
Trying to steer a course between the two sides, Gov. Gary Locke last year ordered a two-year delay in enforcement of the rules.
Clerks at the Secretary of State's office will now compare a sampling of the signatures -- which have to be from Washington voters -- against voter registration forms. If things check out OK, look for the word "ergonomics" to appear on the fall ballot -- and in a lot of political ads in the coming months.

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