State Supreme Court overturns voter-approved local collective bargaining transparency requirement


December 15, 2022

In 2019, nearly 80% of Spokane voters approved a city charter amendment requiring collective bargaining negotiations in the city to be open to public observation. Last week, however, the state Supreme Court, in response to a union lawsuit, ruled unanimously that this open government reform was unconstitutional. According to the justices

“We hold that the legislature has preempted the field of...

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