Ballot measures advance to November's ballot

Secretary of state Sam Reed certified Initiative 1100 on Monday afternoon, the last step for the liquor privatization measure to be placed on this November’s ballot.

Using a random sample method, the I-1100 signature check was completed late Friday afternoon. As expected, it easily qualified for the fall ballot. One of two liquor initiatives to privatize liquor sales in Washington, the 1100 campaign turned in about 396,000 signatures, way more than the 241,153 valid signatures necessary to make the ballot.

Because of the large number of signatures turned in, I-1100 underwent only a 3 percent random sample check.

Signature checkers began their work Monday morning on Initiative 1082, the BIAW-backed proposal that would allow “three-way” workers’ compensation, with private insurance carriers offering coverage in competition with the state-run program. The 1082 campaign delivered about 345,000 signatures, meaning it will also receive a 3 percent check.

After the I-1082 check is done, here is the remaining order of initiatives to be examined:

I-1098: Supported by Bill Gates Sr., it would create a state income tax on high-wage earners.

I-1053: The Tim Eyman-sponsored measure would re-establish the two-thirds vote requirement for the state Legislature to raises taxes.

I-1105: The other liquor initiative, supported by wholesalers, would take the state out of the liquor retail business.

I-1107: It would repeal new taxes on certain candy, pop, beer and bottled water. Backed by the American Beverage Association, it brought in 395,000 signatures in only three weeks.

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