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Legislation by mob rule

The very fact that I-1639 passed is one more reason to abolish the initiative process. I am sure Tim Eyman would disagree, but this particular initiative was corrupted by outside-of-Washington politics, violates an entire segment of citizens’ constitutional rights and exposes other major flaws.

Initially a lower court ruled I-1639 did not meet the qualifications to be put on the ballot, but later it was allowed on the ballot by the Washington state Supreme Court. Why have state supreme courts, if they don’t abide by the law? State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is biased and also will not enforce or abide by state law. Why have a state AG who won’t abide by the law? If the people who elect a state legislature to represent them and then write laws that can go around the very people they entrusted with this power, why have state legislatures?

The initiative process is to pass laws by mob rule (a democracy) and cannot exist in a representative form of government, as Washington State is, which levels the field for less populated counties. The people of Washington cannot have it both ways. The initiative process must be abolished.

Daniel Day



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