HANG ON TO your ballpoints. More than 30 proposed initiatives have been filed with the Secretary of State’s office, and each will need at least 241,153 voter signatures by early July to qualify for the November ballot. That means you can expect a spring and summer invasion of clipboard bearers soliciting your John Hancock. Here are the four initiatives you’ll be pestered about the most.
No. 1112: Photos Finished
Perennial initiative pitchman Tim Eyman—known to preen for cameras in a Darth Vader costume—has championed a $30 vehicle-licensing fee for more than a decade. But his latest incarnation’s got a tempting twist: If passed, the initiative would also force municipalities to win voter approval before installing intersection cameras that nab red-light runners.
No. 1114: Spirits, Resurrected
The zombified version of booze privatization initiative 1100—which citizens voted out of its misery last November—is less libertarian than its predecessor. That’s surprising, given the new measure’s sponsor: Darth Eyman. The update would still yoink the spirits biz from the state and hand it over to individual purveyors. But Eyman’s plan also calls for building requirements for liquor license holders, which could mean fewer private profiteers.
No. 1130: Chick in the Box
According to the measure’s sponsors (including Humane Society, Paws) 6 million factory-farm hens in Washington languish in cramped cages, unable to move more than an inch their entire lives—lives spent ensuring that our brunch tables are forever topped with omelets. I-1130 would ban egg farmers from jamming their fowl into boxes that restrict the cluckers from standing up, lying down, or stretching their wings.
No. 1149: Dazed and Enthused
The measure—penned by two defense lawyers and an ex-journalist—would ditch criminal penalties for anyone possessing, selling, or using up to 40 grams of pot. A similar initiative went up in smoke due to lack of signatures last time around, but in light of recent calls for decriminalization from the likes of the Seattle Times editorial page, former cops, and a handful of high-profile righties, this might be weed’s big year.