The sponsor of a referendum to overturn a new state annexation law says he is pulling the plug on the Referendum 72 effort ahead of Saturday’s signature deadline.
“We are in a position where we do not have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot,” sponsor Jerry Galland said Tuesday. He declined to say how short of the threshold — nearly 121,000 valid voter signatures — he was.
R-72 sought to overturn Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5808, which deals with impacts on firefighters from annexations and now will take effect on Sunday. SB 5808 also makes changes to annexation law, eliminating a referendum requirement when a fire district, annexing municipality and county reach agreement, which Galland wanted to block.
Galland still has a court challenge pending in King County Superior Court, arguing that the bill violates a single-subject rule. No hearing is set.
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Backers of R-71, which seeks to repeal certain rights given to same-sex domestic partners, have made an appointment to file signatures for their measure with state elections officials on Sunday. The sponsor of another measure, R-70, did not return a phone call; R-70 challenges Washington’s participation in a new compact of states that will pledge their Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote.