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AGO Opinions with Topic: WITHDRAWAL OF PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
AGO 1969 No. 23 >  December 15, 1969
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT - LEGISLATURE - WITHDRAWAL OF PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT - SUBMISSION OF TWO AMENDMENTS TO SAME PART OF CONSTITUTION
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT - LEGISLATURE - WITHDRAWAL OF PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT - SUBMISSION OF TWO AMENDMENTS TO SAME PART OF CONSTITUTION (1) Under the provision of Article XXIII, § 1 (Amendment 37) of the Washington Constitution, once the legislature has considered and agreed to a proposed constitutional amendment by the requisite two-thirds majority of the members of both houses, and has filed the proposed amendment with the secretary of state for the purpose of submission to the voters, the legislature has exhausted its power with respect to the particular constitutional amendment; therefore, the 41st legislature, at a special session held prior to the time of the election thereon, may not withdraw and amend the provisions of the proposed constitutional amendment which it has previously agreed to and filed with the secretary of state. (2) The legislature may, however, propose a second and different amendment to the same portion of the constitution as is the subject of the previously proposed amendment to the end that both amendments would be voted upon by the people at the same general election.
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