This updates our October 26, 2010 posting.

With 61% of precincts reporting, 58% of the voters in the State of Washington have rejected Initiative 1082 (“I-1082”). I-1082 would have allowed for the privatization of workers’ compensation insurance, which currently is only available through the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. Prior to the vote, polls showed an even split between supporters and opponents of the measure, with 38% of voters being undecided, however, at the voting booths an overwhelming majority of those voters decided to vote no on I-1082. Therefore, Washington remains one of four states that maintain a government monopoly on workers’ compensation insurance.