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Outcome of initiatives appearing on the November 2016 ballot

Initiative 1433: Statewide minimum wage and sick leave
Voters approved; Effective date: January 1, 2017

I-1433 has qualified for the November 2016 ballot. If enacted, it would increase the state’s hourly minimum wage to $11 for 2017, $11.50 for 2018, $12.00 for 2019, and $13.50 for 2020. It would also require employers to provide paid sick leave starting in 2018.

Text of I-1433

Fiscal impact statement

Initiative 1464: Campaign finance laws & lobbyists
Voters rejected

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.

Text of I-1464

Fiscal impact statement

Initiative 1491: Extreme risk protection orders
Voters approved; Effective date: December 8, 2016

I-1491 would authorize courts, upon petition by police or a family or household member, to issue an extreme risk protection order preventing an individual from accessing firearms for a specified time period, if the court finds that the individual poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to himself or others with a firearm. Temporary ex parte orders could be issued where there is sufficient evidence of significant danger in the near future.

Text of I-1491

Fiscal impact statement

Initiative 1501: Seniors & vulnerable individuals
Voters approved; Effective date: December 8, 2016

I-1501 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.

Text of I-1501

Fiscal impact statement

Initiatives to the Legislature scheduled to be on the November 2016 ballot

Initiative 732: Carbon tax
Voters rejected

I-732 was originally sent to the Legislature where the House and Senate each held committee hearings, but no further action was taken. The initiative 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.

Text of I-732

Fiscal impact statement

Initiative 735: Restoring the voice of we the people
Voters approved; No effective date

I-735 was also originally sent to the Legislature for consideration. It was heard in House and Senate committees but did not pass either chamber. The initiative 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.

Text of I-735

Fiscal impact statement (not available)


AWC’s role

AWC does not take positions for or against any ballot initiative. AWC’s role is to provide its members with educational materials that can be shared with elected officials, staff and the community. In addition, please review the PDC’s guidelines for elected and appointed officials' participation in ballot proposition activity.

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