BIAW plans delivery of its initiative petitions

  • Jerry Cornfield
  • Monday, June 21, 2010 5:09pm
  • Local News

The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) made arrangements today to submit petitions for its initiative to revamp the state’s workers compensation system.

BIAW is sponsoring Initiative 1082 which would allow private insurers to sell workers’ comp insurance in the state for the first time. Organized labor, not surprisingly, is opposing it.

“The sponsors plan to come in at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 2, with what they describe as over 300,000 signatures,” David Ammons of the Secretary of State’s Office said in an e-mail sent to the media this afternoon.

Sponsors need at least 241,153 signatures of registered Washington voters to qualify for the November ballot. State election officials suggest turning in at least 300,000 to cover for invalid and duplicate signatures. If that sum is turned in, the department can do a random sample of 3 percent to determine if the measure qualifies, according to Ammons’ e-mail.

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