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Seattle City Council’s Resolution to Abolish Youth Incarceration

In August 2012, King County voters approved a nine-year property tax increase to build a $210 million Children and Family Justice Center to replace the rundown Youth Services Center (“YSC”), [...]

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Guns & Money

In 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act into law. 15 U.S.C. §§ 7901-7903. The PLCAA or the “Gun Protection Act” as it is often called, passed both [...]

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Public Records Act Requires Government Agencies to Identify and Explain Withholdings and Redactions With Particularity

In the recent decision, City of Lakewood v. Koenig, 2014 WL 7003790, the Washington Supreme Court reminds us of the powerful and important role that the Public Records Act (PRA) plays in ensuring [...]

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Governmental Entities Cannot Assert Anti-SLAPP Defense Unless Lawsuit Based on its Own Communicative Activity

A SLAPP suit is one that is designed to discourage a speaker from voicing his or her opinion. Washington’s Anti-SLAPP laws are aimed at discouraging these types of claims, and are found at RCW [...]