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0 comments | June 14, 2007 | 11:43 AM | posted by Ryan

U.S. Supreme Court issues ruling in Washington vs. WEA

I'll comment on it later.


The WEA mentions multiple times that they didn't understand the law and that the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), which oversee's enforcement of campaign finance regulations, would not clarify the law.

WEA president Charles Hasse said, "All along we've sought clarification on this murky, poorly-written statute. Based on this ruling, it appears that the State Supreme Court must now clarify the intent of the statute as it stood when this lawsuit was filed."

I must make a correction, though. I attended a PDC hearing yesterday, June 13, 2007, which wa held, in part, to prevent such assertions of confusing language and application from unions. During the meeting, PDC Executive Director Vicki Rippie said that she could only count 1.5 to 2 times in which union requested clarification from the PDC on 42.17.760, the state's paycheck protection law. Jim Oswald from the Washington State Labor Council (the AFL-CIO umbrella organization overseeing, in part, union lobbying and political activity) agreed saying that, in his recollection, the unions only asked for clarification 1.5 to 2 times. WEA attorney Harriet Strassburg was sitting at the table and didn't correct Mr. Oswald's comment.

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