Two Citizen Initiatives Likely To Be on November Ballot

Two citizen initiative campaign submitted boxloads of petitions by the Friday deadline, and both appear to have an excellent shot at making the statewide ballot this fall. Tim Eyman turned in what he estimated at at least 334,000 signatures for Initiative 1366. That measure would direct the Legislature to place a constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot for ratification — or face a 1-cent reduction in the state’s 6.5-cent sales tax. The other measure, Initiative 1401, is backed by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. It would expand state authority over combatting trafficking of endangered species and their parts.