Wage, gun initiatives gain support

Backers withdraw bathroom bill

— An initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage is the first to meet a signature-gathering deadline.

The Secretary of State’s Office said signatures for Initiative 1433, the minimum wage measure, were submitted Wednesday to the Elections Division office.

Sponsors of I-1433 said they turned in about 360,000 signatures, officials said.

A total of 246,372 valid signatures are required for inclusion on November’s General Election ballot.

“The Elections Division always recommends submitting at least 325,000, to allow for duplicate or invalid signatures,” officials with the Secretary of State’s Office said.

The initiative would raise the state’s minimum wage for adult employees to $11 per hour in 2017, and eventually reach $13.50 by 2020.

The current minimum wage is $9.47, as established by a previous initiative. That wage is adjusted annually in connection with the consumer price index.

The initiative submitted yesterday also deals with paid sick leave.

Because such a large number of signatures were turned in, Elections Division officials said I-1433 will undergo a 3 percent random sample check instead of a review of all submitted signatures.

The signature check is expected to begin July 18 and will take about three or four working days to complete.

If an initiative campaign does not submit enough signatures to allow random sampling, all signatures must be checked, at least until the number of signatures drops below the bare minimum to get on the ballot, 246,372.

Officials said at least two shifts of workers will be needed this year.

I-1433 was the first of four initiative campaigns scheduled to submit signatures.

Gun initiative

Yesterday, sponsors delivered more than 330,000 signatures in support of Initiative 1491, a measure that would allow judges to take guns away from people deemed a risk to themselves or others

The proposal would allow police, family or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing firearms access by those exhibiting mental illness, violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others.

Other proposals

Two campaigns have scheduled turn-in appointments:

• Initiative 1501 (increasing penalties for criminal identity theft and consumer fraud targeting seniors and vulnerable individuals) and

• Initiative 1464 (creating a state-funded campaign finance program).

Backers of Initiative 1515, calling for gender-segregated bathrooms and locker rooms, said they are short of the signature threshold. They are withdrawing the proposal.

Two other citizen-generated measures — Initiatives to the Legislature 732 (carbon taxes) and 735 (opposing Citizen United court decision) — have qualified for the fall ballot.


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