In less than a week, proponents of the Initiative process in Washington state will submit signatures for their initiative that makes it easier for initiatives to get on the ballot. The measure expands the collection period from six months to one year, and also makes it illegal for opponents of an initiative to “push, shove, touch, spit, throw objects, yell, scream, be verbally abusive, block, maintain an intimidating presence, or take other tumultuous conduct” designed to interfere with speech between petitioners and passersby. Also, the measure says that when an initiative is found to have enough valid signatures, it must be placed on the ballot; lawsuits alleging that the measure violates the State or U.S. Constitution must be filed after the election is over, not before. The initiative needs 241,153 valid signatures and proponents have not said yet how many signatures they have collected. The measure also applies to referenda. Thanks to Paul Jacob for this news.