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
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
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 citizens private property.
November 14, 2011
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
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
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
OLYMPIAToday 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 Generals Office to develop model rules for public officials.
November 02, 2010
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 13, 2010
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
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
OLYMPIAToday 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
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 05, 2010
OLYMPIAThe Washington Education Association (WEA) has agreed to return $225,000 to teachers after using their wages for the unions 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
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
OLYMPIAThe Evergreen Freedom Foundations 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
The Evergreen Freedom Foundations 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.
January 20, 2010
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.