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Originally published Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 11:55 AM

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Workers' comp initiative steps closer to ballot

A voter initiative seeking to end the state monopoly on workers' compensation could be headed for the November ballot.

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. —

A voter initiative seeking to end the state monopoly on workers' compensation could be headed for the November ballot.

Sponsors of Initiative 1082 have turned in their signed petitions with state elections officials. The campaign says it has about 340,000 signatures. That's well above the roughly 241,000 required get on the ballot.

I-1082 is sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Washington, a construction trade group that's very active in conservative politics.

The initiative would allow private workers' comp insurance to compete with the state government system. Washington is one of just four states that doesn't allow private companies to offer workers' comp.

The initiative also would cut the employee share of workers' comp premiums.

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