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Referendum 67 Ad Stirring Up Controversy

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- The general election less than a month away, and the group opposing Referendum 67 is asking television stations to pull an approve R-67 ad.

The ad has run right here on KNDU, and now, opponents of the controversial referendum are sending a letter to TV stations saying they want it off the air because they say it's a blatant lie.

Opponents say the ad blaming the death of a Puyallup firefighter on the insurance companies takes advantage of his family and even more importantly, it's a lie because R-67 wouldn't have even affected this case.

"It deals with worker's compensation, which is not covered by Referendum 67, it involves health insurance, which is not covered by Referendum 67, and it involves a self-insured city, and self-insured cities are not covered under Referendum 67," said Dana Childers with an anti-R-67 group. 

R-67 is the controversial initiative that would allow lawsuits against insurance companies for unfairly or denying or delaying claims.

Opponents say it sounds good on the surface, but would force insurance rates to skyrocket.