CASE SUMMARY

On December 9, 2021, a Washington-based non-profit filed a state lawsuit against the State of Washington, the state's redistricting commission, and the commission's members, challenging the commission's conduct as violating various state statutory and constitutional requirements related to open government and transparency. First, plaintiff alleges that the defendants failed to complete the requisite training on compliance with Washington's Open Public Meetings Act, citing an allegedly insufficient presentation to the Commission by the Assistant Attorney General. Next, plaintiff asserts that in the course of the defendants' final meeting, the commission held private discussions and votes pertaining to the adoption of final redistricting plans in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act and the commission's own mission statement. Finally, the plaintiff asserts that in violating the Open Public Meetings Act, the defendants also violated the Washington Constitution's redistricting provisions relating to transparency, secret ballots, and open meetings. Plaintiff is seeking a declaratory judgement that the defendants acted outside the scope of their authority and in violation of the Washington Constitution and Open Public Meetings Act, an order enjoining future violations, declaring the defendant commissioners' votes taken in private as void and unenforceable, mandating compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act's training requirements, and a civil penalty imposed against each individual defendant commissioner.

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Washington Superior Court, Thurston County