Litigation

April 03, 2012
     

Freedom Foundation v. Christine Gregoire

The Freedom Foundation is taking Governor Christine Gregoire to the Washington State Supreme Court to fight against a major expansion of government secrecy. Two questions are raised in our lawsuit. The first is whether the governor can withhold records from public review without citing a statutory exemption. Second, we ask if the constitutional theory of executive privilege trumps Washington’s Public Records Act.
April 03, 2012
     

Freedom Foundation v. Gregoire

In April 2010, the Freedom Foundation requested several documents from the governor's office. The governor produced some documents, but withheld others on the basis of executive privilege. The governor's office insists that the constitutional theory of executive privilege entitles her to shield certain discussions and documents from public scrutiny. However, executive privilege is not a recognized statutory exemption found in the Public Records Act. Since 2007, the governor's...Read more here
September 02, 2011
     

Governor shouldn't have right to keep public records from us

This state’s Supreme Court has an opportunity to defend an important principle on public records. The court must decide whether Gov. Chris Gregoire, or any future governor, has the right to withhold documents from public examination based on “executive privilege.”
August 11, 2011
     

McClanahan vs. City of Tumwater

Can a city prohibit free speech on public property?
June 23, 2011
     

Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners v. Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board

Are Kitsap County's marine shoreline buffer zones valid?
April 16, 2011
     

Freedom Foundation v. Gregoire

Can the governor keep public records secret by claiming executive privilege?
March 17, 2011
     

West v. Gregoire

Can the governor create her own exemptions to the Public Records Act?
March 01, 2011
     

Group tries to combat underage voting in Washington state

A local group is working to stop early registration for underage voters, because some applications to vote haven't been filed away for later use, as promised.
February 03, 2011
     

Teachers and EFF Win Unanimous Victory at U.S. Supreme Court

January 11, 2011
     

Cary v. Mason Conservation District

Whether a local taxing district properly adopted a property assessment.
January 11, 2011
     

Erickson, et al. v. Gregoire, et al.

Did Gov. Gregoire violate the separation of powers doctrine by issuing failed climate change legislation as an executive order?
January 02, 2011
     

Wiggs v. Vancouver Education Association

Public school teacher classified as a religious objector was denied her request to redirect her dues to a particular charity by the VEA.
January 02, 2011
     

Gonzalez v. Arizona

Whether Arizona's requirement to show proof of citizenship before registering to vote is constitutional.
January 02, 2011
     

Freedom Foundation v. WSDOT

Should the drug and alcohol testing results of public employees be made public?
January 01, 2011
     

Crawford v. Marion County

Whether it was constitutional for Indiana to require photo ID for poll voting.
January 01, 2011
     

Ysura v. Pocatello

Unions challenged an Idaho law that prohibits unions from using state payroll deductions to collect political contributions.
January 01, 2011
     

Mechling v. Monroe

Whether requiring an agency to scan paper records to create electronic copies would require the agency to create a "new record" under the Public Records Act.
January 01, 2011
     

Douglass v. City of Spokane Valley

Whether property developers, as part of a project-level permit application, should be required to re-study or re-litigate regional planning decisions made by governing bodies.
November 23, 2010
     

The governor is not all-powerful

During the 2009 legislative session, Gov. Chris Gregoire asked the Legislature to enact an environmental bill (SB 5735) which ostensibly sought — among other things — to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, set emission caps for carbon dioxide and create an emission offset system.
November 02, 2010
     

New report on compliance with the Open Public Meetings Law

OLYMPIA—Today the Evergreen Freedom Foundation released a report on the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), with recommendations for improving compliance with the law among government agencies. Specifically, the report calls on the Attorney General’s Office to develop model rules for public officials.