The Spokesman-Review reports that sponsors of an initiative barring battery cages and requiring more humane treatment of egg-laying hens have decided not to submit the 355,000 signatures they gathered, due to a "promising new agreement reached between animal welfare groups and the United Egg Producers," which has agreed to abide by federal standards for humane treatment of laying hens that are currently being developed.

The group, Washingtonians for Humane Farms, had more than enough signatures to qualify for the statewide ballot.

Three other initiative campaigns are expected to turn in signatures tomorrow. Those initiatives are: A Costco-backed measure that would privatize liquor sales; a proposal to set new standards for training home health-care workers; and a Tim Eyman measure that would limit the use of tolls to tolled highway projects themselves.
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