On July 6, the Washington State Farm Bureau submitted enough signatures on a petition to the Secretary of State for Property Rights Initiative 933 to be on the state's fall elections ballot.
For those of you familiar with what Oregon has been going through in the past two years after the passage of their own property rights legislation, Measure 37, it's not as bad as what Washington will experience if I-933 passes. I-933 is both more sweeping and less specific (and very poorly written), and is potentially a disaster for planning and environmental protection in the state of Washington. In my local area, I-933 proponents are telling everyone that this will combat "eminent domain" land seizures, jumping on the bandwagon of public sentiment that has been brewing against this type of government action since last year's high-publicity Kelo v. New London in Connecticut. In actuality, Washington already has enacted laws preventing abusive eminent domain actions, and I-933 has nothing to do with this issue.
I'd be interested in hearing what other Northwest planners are thinking about this issue -- the results in Oregon and the potential effects in Washington.