Gov. Jay Inslee today issued the following statement following news that leaders of a referendum effort to overturn I-1000 turned in signatures this afternoon. The Secretary of State must verify the referendum campaign has submitted enough signatures for it to qualify for the November general election. Legislators approved I-1000 during the 2019 session.
“The Legislature’s approval of I-1000 signaled an important commitment to dismantling the systemic barriers that keep many Washingtonians from having equal access to educational and economic opportunities. Our agencies have begun initial preparation to implement the new law, and are prepared to launch this work if and when the law is allowed to go into effect. We are awaiting the verified count from the Secretary of State before taking any additional action.”