Is Your Cellphone Subject to Public Records Act Disclosure?

State Supreme Court ruling makes personal cellphones of public employees subject to Washington’s Public Records Act. The Washington Supreme Court on Aug. 17, 2015, issued its ruling in Nissen v. Pierce County, which ruled that the personal cellphone of a public employee, if used to conduct public business, is now subject to disclosure under the state’s […]

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Temple of Justice Update: When a 911 Call Goes Awry

When the government negligently fulfills its duty to protect everyone, it usually is not liable to anyone in particular. The Washington Supreme Court, in Munich v. Skagit Emergency Communication Center, (No. 85984-1), dealt with a thorny exception to that rule. Case Facts The facts of the case are tragic. While fighting over their property lines, William […]

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Temple Of Justice Update: How Can Local Governments Structure Debt?

Washington’s Constitution prevents local governments from taking on certain levels of debt without a popular vote. In a case with the unwieldy caption In re Bond Issuance of Greater Wenatchee Regional Events Center Public Facilities District, No. 86552-3 , the Washington Supreme Court decided whether that constitutional provision is implicated when a city promises to pay […]

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