Initiatives

We do not currently support any state-wide initiatives or their signature gathering campaigns. While we have no specific opposition to any initiatives at this time, we will be updating this page in the coming weeks.

2018 Municipal initiatives

Safer Spokane (Spokane Prop 2)

This initiative is nearly identical to 2017 Prop 6, and deals with regulating oil and coal trains. Read more on the Safer Spokane website.


2017 Statewide Ballot & Legislative Initiatives

De-Escalate Washington

I-940 collected over 360,000 signatures and was sent to the state legislature. This initiative requires law enforcement officers to receive mental health and de-escalation training as well as require officers to render first aid and CPR. Read the full text of this initiative and visit De-Escalate Washington to learn more about the campaign. Update: I-940 was signed into law by Governor Inslee on March 8, 2018.

Recommended: Automatic Voter Registration

We have been informed that the campaign for I-902 has suspended signature gathering and will instead be focusing their efforts on a state voting rights initiative.


2017 Municipal Initiatives & Propositions

Support Spokane Prop 6 – Safer Spokane

This proposition would dramatically reduce the risk of catastrophic oil train explosions in Spokane by requiring oil be stabilized and coal loads be covered. Read more on the Safer Spokane website.

Decline to support Seattle’s Soda Tax Initiative

This proposed initiative would unfairly tax working class consumers while ignoring more expensive higher sugar content drinks sold by coffee shops and pressed juice cafes. Seattle DSA provided a detailed write-up of this proposal in Fabruary.


About Washington’s State Ballot Initiative Process

Washington has a strong ballot initiative process, allowing citizen activists to fully or partially bypass the legislative process to create laws. In 2016, we helped lead initiatives such as I-735 (WAMend) and I-1433 (Raise Up WA) to landslide victories.

There are two types of initiatives

Initiatives to the People, if certified to have sufficient signatures, are submitted for a vote of the people at the next state general election.

Initiatives to the Legislature, if certified, are submitted to the Legislature at its next regular session in January. Once submitted, the Legislature must take one of the following three actions:

  1. The Legislature can adopt the initiative as proposed, in which case it becomes law without a vote of the people;
  2. The Legislature can reject or refuse to act on the proposed initiative, in which case the initiative must be placed on the ballot at the next state general election; or
  3. The Legislature can approve an alternative to the proposed initiative, in which case both the original proposal and the Legislature’s alternative must be placed on the ballot at the next state general election.

Past Initiatives

2017 Initiatives to the People
2017 Initiatives to the Legislature
2016 Initiatives to the People
2016 Initiatives to the Legislature