Constitutional Law Publications

Constitutional Law Publications

The Freedom Foundation's Theodore L. Stiles Center for Liberty advances the rule of law and a legal climate where individuals can exercise their fundamental liberties and government is limited to its proper role.

We seek to defend individuals against government encroachments upon their rights; unite lawyers who believe that the purpose of the law is to protect liberty; promote a judiciary that embraces its obligation to interpret the constitution; and expand the public's understanding of the rule of law.

We accomplish these goals through public interest litigation, filing amicus curiae briefs in state and federal courts, hosting events on significant legal issues, and publishing resources about the state constitution and the state courts.

August 08, 2013
     

The Right of Self-Defense: An Introduction

This publication is an overview of the Right of Self-Defense, a liberty enumerated in the 2nd Amendment of our nation's Constitution. It covers the origins of this right, as well as what protections are afforded under the U.S. and Washington Constitutions. This is a great tool for grassroots organizations, discussion groups, and even parents who want to supplement their children's education on the Constitution.
October 18, 2012
     

Foundation will not appeal free speech case against City of Tumwater

OLYMPIA --The Freedom Foundation announced today it will not appeal a lower court ruling issued last month in a case disputing whether the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows city officials to remove political signs from a citizen’s private property.
November 14, 2011
     

Washington Constitution published by the Freedom Foundation

The Freedom Foundation is pleased to release its latest publication, a pocket-sized edition of the Washington State Constitution. Order your copy today!
October 27, 2011
     

When does a protest simply become a nuisance'

With no permit, no plans and no idea what they're protesting, the Occupy Olympia crowd could be here for quite a while
March 25, 2011
     

Policy Highlighter: Executive Privilege - The Phantom Exemption to the Public Records Act

The Washington State Public Records Act (Chapter 42.56 RCW) mandates that all public records held by government agencies are to be available to the public, unless the record is specifically exempted from disclosure by law. As the Washington State Supreme Court has observed, the Act provides “a strongly worded mandate for broad disclosure of public records.”
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.
November 02, 2010
     

Time for state AG to give public officials more guidance on open-meetings law

HAVE you ever walked into a room to see your child hide his or her hands behind their back? Innocent action, perhaps, but it sure pings your parent radar. Members of the public have a similar reaction if they believe the government is conducting some public business in secret — perhaps there's no wrongdoing, but they want to know.
October 25, 2010
     

Judge Declines to Invalidate Governor's Climate Change Executive Order

October 13, 2010
     

Freedom Foundation appeals ruling on public employee drug and alcohol test results

OLYMPIA — The Evergreen Freedom Foundation is appealing an August ruling that drug and alcohol test results of state ferry employees are exempt from disclosure under the Public Records Act
September 01, 2010
     

Judge rules public employee drug and alcohol testing results are exempt from disclosure

OLYMPIA — A judge has ruled that the Washington State Department of Transportation does not have to disclose the drug and alcohol testing results of several Washington State Ferries employees.
July 28, 2010
     

68 Washington public agencies and municipalities fail to report lobbying expenses

OLYMPIA—Today the Evergreen Freedom Foundation filed complaints with the Public Disclosure Commission against 68 public entities for either improperly reporting lobbying expenses or failing to report them altogether, based on discrepancies between expenditure reports filed by lobbyists and those filed by public agencies. Most of the agencies are cities, counties, ports and utility districts.
April 27, 2010
     

Decoding the Washington State Supreme Court

Every year, voters are faced with the difficult task of voting for judges. It is difficult because, unlike ordinary candidates for elected offices, judges are very cautious about taking positions on specific issues. After all, that issue may come before that judge, and their duty is to untangle the law and the facts impartially without prejudging.
April 16, 2010
     

Freedom Foundation sues to obtain ferry employee drug and alcohol test results

April 05, 2010
     

WEA settles with teachers and will pay for free speech violations

OLYMPIA—The Washington Education Association (WEA) has agreed to return $225,000 to teachers after using their wages for the union’s political agenda without their authorization. This settlement ends a nine-year lawsuit that included an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in which the high court ruled in favor of the teachers, Davenport v. WEA. The suit began when the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission. To date, ...Read more here
March 07, 2010
     

TAXES: Everyone might have to pay high-earner tax

State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown wants voters to approve a high-earner income tax (TNT, 3-5). But this tax could inadvertently apply to all taxpayers.
March 05, 2010
     

EFF urges Washington Supreme Court to review public records case

OLYMPIA—The Evergreen Freedom Foundation’s Constitutional Law Center is urging the Washington State Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals ruling addressing the Public Records Act. The issue is whether public agencies are required to provide records in electronic format when a member of the public requests that records be sent electronically.
March 01, 2010
     

EFF urges Washington Supreme Court to review property assessment ruling

The Evergreen Freedom Foundation’s Constitutional Law Center is urging the Washington Supreme Court to review a ruling from the state Court of Appeals that could affect how property taxes are assessed across the state.
February 12, 2010
     

Op-Ed: Transparency in Short Supply in Olympia This Year

January 20, 2010
     

Governor hides hundreds of documents, claiming 'executive privilege'

Is Governor Chris Gregoire constitutionally entitled to keep secrets from you? She thinks so. The state Public Records Act mandates that all public records held by government agencies are to be available to the public, unless the record is specifically exempted from disclosure by law.
January 19, 2010
     

Governor hides hundreds of documents, claiming 'executive privilege'