Aftermath of a police chase on Interstate 5 in Seattle, 2009
The aftermath of a police chase in Seattle on Interstate 5 in February of 2009. In the words of photographer Zoomar: "Police chase ended badly. Somebody carjacked the Jaguar and took off." (Reproduced under a Creative Commons license)

One of six sub­mit­ted ini­tia­tives to the 2024 Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture spon­sored by Repub­li­can State Par­ty Chair Jim Walsh and fund­ed by right wing mul­ti­mil­lion­aire Bri­an Hey­wood was cer­ti­fied today, which means it is des­tined for the Novem­ber 2024 bal­lot for approval or rejec­tion by voters.

Ini­tia­tive 2113 would allow dan­ger­ous high speed police chas­es to resume by remov­ing rea­son­able safe­guards for pur­suits adopt­ed and sub­se­quent­ly revised by the Leg­is­la­ture in recent ses­sions in response to protests over unsafe, inequitable polic­ing in Wash­ing­ton State and across the country.

Accord­ing to the Sec­re­tary of State’s Elec­tions Divi­sion, 25,687 pages of sig­na­tures were received for I‑2113, con­tain­ing 434,594 lines.

324,516 valid sig­na­tures are cur­rent­ly required to qual­i­fy a statewide initiative.

Ini­tia­tive 2113 had a suf­fi­cient cush­ion of extra sig­na­tures to qual­i­fy for a ran­dom sam­ple check as allowed by state law, which con­sist­ed of 13,038 signatures.

Of those, 10,579 were accept­ed and 2,459 were reviewed. 2,447 sig­na­tures were deter­mined to be invalid, and twelve were deter­mined to be duplicate.

Sec­re­tary Hobbs today trans­mit­ted a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion mes­sage to the Leg­is­la­ture affixed with the state seal, advis­ing of I‑2113’s qualification.

Leg­isla­tive staff have giv­en I‑2113 its own bill-style page on

The bal­lot title for I‑2113 is as follows:

Ini­tia­tive Mea­sure No. 2113 con­cerns vehic­u­lar pur­suits by peace officers.

This mea­sure would remove cer­tain restric­tions on vehic­u­lar pur­suits, allow­ing them upon con­di­tions includ­ing an officer’s rea­son­able sus­pi­cion a per­son has vio­lat­ed the law and pos­es a threat to the safe­ty of others.

Should this mea­sure be enact­ed into law? Yes [ ] No [ ]

The sum­ma­ry is as follows:

This mea­sure would remove cer­tain restric­tions on when peace offi­cers may engage in vehic­u­lar pur­suits. Such pur­suits would be allowed when the offi­cer has a rea­son­able sus­pi­cion a per­son has vio­lat­ed the law, pur­suit is nec­es­sary to iden­ti­fy or appre­hend the per­son, the per­son pos­es a threat to the safe­ty of oth­ers, those safe­ty risks are greater than those of the pur­suit, and a super­vi­sor autho­rizes the pursuit.

Leg­is­la­tors have three choic­es as to how to respond to I‑2113:

  • Do noth­ing, in which case it goes to voters
  • Adopt the mea­sure into law
  • Send it to the Novem­ber 2024 bal­lot with an alternative

NPI oppos­es Ini­tia­tive 2113 and is work­ing for the mea­sure’s defeat. If you’d like to help oppose I‑2113 and its brethren, you can donate to Stop Greed here.

“The Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture has tak­en impor­tant steps in recent years to pre­vent deaths and injuries result­ing from unnec­es­sary high-speed police pur­suits, and to ensure that all stu­dents feel safe in Wash­ing­ton’s pub­lic schools,” the ACLU of Wash­ing­ton not­ed last year in a state­ment oppos­ing I‑2113. “Let’s not allow reac­tionary forces to roll back this progress for civ­il lib­er­ties and civ­il rights.”

We agree and will be work­ing to pro­tect Wash­ing­ton from I‑2113.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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