Clock running on gathering signatures on three new initiatives to people of Washington

(The Center Square) – Backers of three new initiatives to the people of Washington state have around eleven weeks to gather signatures, if they hope to qualify for the November ballot.

“It’s a heavy lift,” said Washington State Republican Party Chair Jim Walsh, who is also a state representative from Aberdeen. “I went around the state holding town halls, and these are the three main things people frankly ranted about.”

The new initiatives would repeal House Bill 1589 that phases out natural gas, eliminate sanctuary state polices that prevent local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration agencies, and put an end to squatters’ rights.

Repealing House Bill 1589

“The main one, the biggest one by a long stretch, is this issue of banning or beginning the process of banning natural gas as an energy source,” Walsh said.

The governor reportedly had to lean on members of his own party to find enough votes to get
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