Washington Eagle Forum Initiative Recommendations

Initiative Measure 985—YES
This measure would open high-occupancy lanes to all traffic during specified hours, require traffic light synchronization, increase roadside assistance funding, and dedicate certain taxes, fines, tolls and other revenues to traffic-flow purposes.

  • This Initiative forces Olympia to implement the performance audit recommendations by Auditor Brian Sonntag, a potential result of $3.2 billion in savings to taxpayers.

Initiative Measure 1000—NO!
This measure concerns allowing certain terminally ill competent adults to obtain lethal prescriptions.

  • Initiative 1000 would legalize assisted suicide, permitting a doctor to give a lethal overdose to a patient if the doctor feels that the patient is likely to die within six months.
  • There are no real safeguards in this initiative to protect the vulnerable.
  • Patients currently have end-of-life choices, including durable power of attorney and living wills.
  • Patients at the end of life deserve personal care and real compassion, not assisted suicide.

Initiative Measure 1029—NO
This measure would require long term-care workers to be certified as home care aides based on an examination, with exceptions; increase training and criminal background check requirements; establish disciplinary standards and procedures.

  • This initiative will limit pool of qualified caregivers.
  • State Patrol background checks are already required for paid caregivers.
  • All caregivers, even family will be required to take unnecessary training.