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Update: 2016 Ballot Measures

Friday, July 8 was the deadline to place an initiative on the general election ballot. Four Initiatives to the People were filed and will potentially be on the general election ballot in November; the Secretary of State will certify initiatives for the ballot by August 19.

There are already five issues that have qualified for the ballot. Ballot titles are not yet available for two advisory votes and one constitutional amendment, according to the Washington Secretary of State.

I-732 (to the legislature, on the ballot)

Initiative Measure No. 732 concerns taxes.

This measure would impose a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduce the sales tax by one percentage point and increase a low-income exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

Ballot Measure Summary

This measure would impose a carbon emission tax on the sale or use of certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, at $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in 2017, and increasing gradually to $100 per metric ton (2016 dollars adjusted for inflation), with more gradual phase-in for some users. It would reduce the sales tax rate by one percentage point over two years, increase a low-income sales tax exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes.

Read complete text (pdf)

I-735 (to the legislature, on the ballot)

Initiative Measure No. 735 concerns a proposed amendment to the federal constitution.

This measure would urge the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations, and constitutionally-protected free speech excludes the spending of money.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

Ballot Measure Summary

The measure would urge the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment clarifying that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations; that spending money is not free speech under the First Amendment; that governments are fully empowered to regulate political contributions and expenditures to prevent undue influence; and that political contributions and expenditures must be promptly disclosed to the public. The measure would urge the legislature to ratify such an amendment.

Read complete text (pdf)

I-1433 (in process)

Initiative Measure No. 1433 concerns labor standards.

AN ACT Relating to fair labor standards; amending RCW 49.46.005, RCW 49.46.020, RCW 49.46.090, RCW 49.46.100, and RCW 49.46.120; adding new sections; and providing a statement of intent, rule of construction, effective date, and severability clause.

This measure would increase the state minimum wage to $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020, require employers to provide paid sick leave, and adopt related laws.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

Ballot Measure Summary

This measure would increase the state hourly minimum wage for employees who are at least
18 to $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020. The measure
would require employers to provide paid sick leave starting in 2018 that employees could use
in certain circumstances, including to care for family members (as defined); make the
Minimum Wage Act and this measure apply to individual care providers; and adopt related
laws.

Read complete text (pdf)
Read final court order (pdf)

I-1464 (in process)

Initiative Measure 1464 concerns campaign finance laws and lobbyists

This measure would create a campaign-finance system; allow residents to direct state funds to
candidates; repeal the non-resident sales-tax exemption; restrict lobbying employment by
certain former public employees; and add enforcement requirements.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

Ballot Measure Summary

This measure would create a state-funded campaign finance program allowing residents to
direct up to three $50 contributions to candidates for certain state offices. It would repeal the
non-resident sales tax exemption, directing resulting funds to this program. It would restrict
lobbying employment by certain former public employees; restrict campaign contributions
from lobbyists and state contractors; increase penalties for campaign finance violations;
increase campaign finance administration and enforcement; and revise campaign finance and
disclosure laws.

Read complete text (pdf)
Read final court order (pdf)

I-1491 (in process)

Initiative Measure 1491 concerns court-issued extreme risk protection orders temporarily preventing access to firearms.

Ballot Measure Summary

This measure would allow police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing firearms access by persons exhibiting violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No ]

Read complete text (pdf)
Read final court order (pdf)http://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/Final-Ballot-Title-1491-(Court-Order).pdf

I-1501 (in process)

Initiative Measure No. 1501 concerns seniors and vulnerable individuals

This measure would increase the penalties for criminal identity theft and civil consumer fraud targeted at seniors or vulnerable individuals; and exempt certain information of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers from public disclosure.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

Ballot Measure Summary

This measure would increase penalties for criminal identity theft and civil penalties for consumer fraud when persons over sixty-five or vulnerable individuals are targeted. It would exempt certain information, including names, addresses, and other personally identifying information, of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers for vulnerable populations from public disclosure. It would also prohibit the state and state agencies from releasing certain information of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers of vulnerable populations except in limited situations.
Read complete text (pdf)

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