The official opening of filing period for citizens initiatives began onFrdiay and activist Tim Eyman was active as usual. Eyman filed five measures, dealing with $30 car tabs, traffic cameras, supermajority for taxes, the initiative process and creation of an office of inspector general to investigate fraud. Typically, Eyman submits a number of proposals and drafts and decides later which one(s) to pursue with a full initiative signature drive. Sponsors of a “safe cannabis act” submitted a proposal and another sponsor proposed a “working driver’s license” of 13.5 hours a day.
The filings, which may be done online, cost $5. Sponsors have until early July to submit 241,153 valid signatures of registered Washington voters, although the state Elections Division recommends bringing in at least 320,000, in order to cover the customary number of duplicate and invalid signatures. If validated, the measure(s) go to the November general election ballot.
Initiative proposals are sent to the state Code Reviser for review and the Attorney General for preparation of a ballot title. Then they are assigned a number and after a period for court challenge(s) of the ballot title, the sponsor is free to print petitions and circulate for signatures.
BTW, the actual signature check for Initiative to the Legislature 502, dealing with marijuana legalization, will begin next Wednesday at 8 a.m. Sponsors submitted more than enough signatures (over 350,000).