Some lawmakers want more focus on costs of initiatives

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Rare is the year in Washington state when voters don't weigh in on a ballot measure. Same-sex marriage, the legalization of first medical, then recreational, marijuana and statewide minimum wage increases were all decided by a vote the people.

The fiscal impact of some of these measures has led lawmakers to introduce a handful of bills this legislative session addressing the initiative process and its potential costs.

One - a proposed constitutional amendment to require initiatives to have a way to pay for the costly ones and name the program cuts for those that repeal taxes — has already been abandoned.

An alternate option that had a public hearing would include the fiscal impact of the measure on the actual ballot if it increases costs — or reduces spending — by more than $25 million over two years.