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Four initiatives likely headed for ballot in Washington

Supporters of I-1464, an initiative that would change some of the state’s campaign finance laws and increase government transparency, wheel cartons of signed petitions into the state elections office in Olympia shortly before the deadline on July 8, 2016. (Jim Camden / The Spokesman-Review)
Supporters of I-1464, an initiative that would change some of the state’s campaign finance laws and increase government transparency, wheel cartons of signed petitions into the state elections office in Olympia shortly before the deadline on July 8, 2016. (Jim Camden / The Spokesman-Review)

OLYMPIA – Four initiatives are likely to be added to Washington’s November ballot later this month after state officials verify voter signatures.

I-1501, which supporters say would enhance consumer protection for seniors and other vulnerable people, and I-1464, which supports say would lessen the influence of money in elections and make politics more transparent, both submitted signatures before the Friday afternoon deadline.

Earlier in the week, sponsors also turned in petitions on I-1433, to raise the minimum wage, and I-1491, to restrict gun sales and possession by people a court rules are a danger to themselves or others.

All four have significant cushions of signatures above the 246,372 needed to qualify for the ballot. They will join two initiatives first sent to the Legislature but never acted on, a proposal for a carbon emissions tax and a call for Congress to enact a constitutional amendment on campaign contributions.

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