I-1433 Lawsuit Central

Date: March 15, 2017

An informational hub for resources and news on the effort to overturn a misleading ballot initiative

Welcome to the main source of information on the challenge to I-1433

Passed by voters in November 2016, Initiative 1433 sought to change Washington state’s minimum-wage and family-leave laws, but in attempting to do so:

  • Violated the single-subject rule in the Washington Constitution
  • Failed to adequately describe the measure’s content in its title
  • Amended statutes without specifically identifying them.

Below are the news releases and media coverage on the lawsuit and related legal documents.

The Lawsuit

Coalition News Releases

Media Coverage

  • The Spokesman-Review, May 14—Business groups drop challenge to Washington’s new minimum wage, family leave law.

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“What this ruling tells future initiative drafters is that they can overlook the Washington Constitution’s crystal clear instruction that the titles of ballot initiatives be a single subject. By broadening the definition of ‘single’ into ‘general,’ the courts have thrown open the door to political sleight-of-hand. We had hoped the trial court would note the Filo Foods case’s departure from the constitution’s single-subject rule. It did not, and the coalition does not want to reinforce the flawed Filo reasoning in precedent by appealing this case any further.” — NFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor

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