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Two advisory votes to be on ballot
Two advisory votes will appear on the 2014 General Election ballot this fall. Such votes are nonbinding measures that let voters say whether they think the Legislature should “repeal” or “maintain” revenue-generating bills that the Legislature passed. Lawmakers used revenue generated from two bills to help balance the state operating budget this year.
The first of this year’s measures is Advisory Vote No. 8. It is the result of Senate Bill 6505, which deals with the elimination of agricultural tax preferences for various aspects of the marijuana industry.
The second is Advisory Vote No. 9, which is a result of Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1287. That measure imposes the leasehold excise tax on certain leasehold interests in tribal property.
This is the third year that advisory votes have been on the ballot.
Because advisory votes are nonbinding, the result is not a repeal of the bill and the Legislature is not required to take action based on the results.
Voters can access the full text of the two bills resulting in Advisory Votes No. 8 and No. 9 from the Online Voters Guide. The General Election Voters’ Pamphlet, which will be mailed to Washington residences in mid-October, also will provide information about the two votes.