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Just as the school year begins, the Washington state Supreme Court will get an update Wednesday on school funding efforts in the state legislature. Tuesday, a panel of lawmakers got an earful.

What does a southwest Washington billionaire have in common with the former majority leader of the Washington Senate? They’ve teamed in an effort to unseat the chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court.

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The latest tax-limiting initiative approved by Washington voters has been ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.

If an Idaho state trooper stops an Idaho driver just across the Washington state line and a lawsuit ensues—whose case is it? The Washington Supreme Court Thursday said it’s basically a legal coin toss. 

The Washington Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday morning about the legality of anti-tax activist Tim Eyman's latest voter-approved initiative.

Washington Republicans have said the state Supreme Court’s sanction over school funding “presents a clear threat” to separation of powers. Now the chief justice of the Supreme Court is offering her perspective.

Complying with a state Supreme Court order to fully fund public schools in Washington might have just gotten even harder. A new revenue forecast out Wednesday projects a sizable drop-off in tax dollars flowing to state coffers.

The Washington House has pledged to take action next year to end the reliance on local levies to fund schools. The vote Monday also directs the 2017 legislature to fully fund competitive salaries and benefits for teachers and staff.

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled a lawsuit against Backpage.com can move forward. The six-to-three ruling means the lawsuit can proceed in Pierce County Superior Court.

After a record-long session, Washington Governor Jay Inslee and legislative leaders still aren’t done. They’ll resume talks on schools funding on Monday afternoon in SeaTac after an unprecedented ruling from the state Supreme Court.

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The State Supreme Court has again ruled the legislature’s efforts to fully fund public schools are falling short.  But this time, they’re adding a penalty to their ruling.  

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The State Supreme Court is ratcheting up pressure on the legislature to fix problems with how the state funds public schools.  Justices have announced they’ll fine the state $100,000 a day until lawmakers lay out a complete plan to close the McCleary school funding case. 

State Supreme Court Sides With Farmworkers On Pay For Breaks

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The Washington State Supreme Court dealt a victory to farmworkers today in a closely watched case governing pay for rest breaks. The unanimous ruling covers pay for “piecework”—that is, when you’re paid by the task, like picking a pound of fruit, instead of by the hour.

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The Washington legislature has passed a budget, but that plan still has one more test to pass.  The Washington Supreme Court has held the legislature in contempt for inadequately funding education. The Washington legislature has passed a budget, but that plan still has one more test to pass. The Washington Supreme Court has held the legislature in contempt for inadequately funding education.

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The Washington Legislature has laid enough groundwork to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding. That’s the opinion of the lawyer charged with representing state lawmakers in the ongoing McCleary Case.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed that progress report with the court Monday.

Justices held the Legislature in contempt for failing to do enough to address the McCleary ruling. But Ferguson’s memo claimed lawmakers have filed bills that would satisfy the Court — if they’re passed into law during an upcoming special session. 

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The getaway driver in the 2009 killings of four Lakewood police officers will receive a new trial. That was the unanimous decision Thursday of the Washington Supreme Court.

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The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday regarding the constitutionality of the voter-approved charter school law.

The primary issue in the case is whether certain tax dollars can go to the privately-run but publicly-funded schools.

State law dictates that certain funding is only for so-called “common schools” - traditionally, K-12 public schools.

Last year, a King County Superior Court judge ruled that funding charters with money that’s restricted for common schools was unconstitutional.

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The fate of a human trafficking lawsuit against Backpage.com is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that involves three underage victims of sex trafficking.

The lawsuit alleges the Washington girls were pimped-out through ads posted to Backpage.com. Erik Bauer is a lawyer for the victims. He argues Backpage has created a sex marketplace where human trafficking can flourish.

Washington’s Supreme Court heard oral arguments at Gonzaga University’s law school Thursday. Students and community members grabbed seats to watch three hearings, one of which originated in Spokane.

Justice Mary Fairhurst attended Gonzaga as an undergrad and law student, and says they try to take the court on the road three times a year. She says the case of State of Washington versus Jason Allen Graham, a Spokane man, was a good fit to bring on the road.

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The Washington Supreme Court has found the state legislature in contempt. That order issued Thursday is just the latest twist in the ongoing McCleary school funding lawsuit.

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The getaway driver in the murders of four Lakewood police officers is seeking a new trial. The case has made it to the Washington Supreme Court and today the justices heard arguments.


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The state of Washington now has until the end of the year to stop “boarding” mental health patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds. The Supreme Court Friday granted a 120-day stay in a ruling that declared the practice of boarding illegal.

This basically buys the state some breathing room. The Department of Social and Health Services will now have until December 26th to open 145 new psychiatric beds across the state. Governor Jay Inslee has freed up $30 million for the effort. As of late last month, about 200 patients were being boarded in non-psychiatric beds.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the legislature has not “acted appropriately” in the face of the McCleary decision on school funding. But he cautioned the state Supreme Court Thursday not to impose sanctions that would penalize other areas of state government. The governor’s comments came one day after the high court held a hearing to consider whether to hold the state in contempt. 


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Wednesday in a historic hearing that could result in sanctions against the state legislature.


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The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled it’s illegal for the state to “board” mental health patients in emergency rooms and regular hospital beds. The state of Washington said late Friday it can open 145 new psychiatric beds, but it needs some additional time. The Attorney General has now asked the Supreme Court to “stay” its ruling for 120-days.

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The practice of “boarding” mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful. That’s the unanimous ruling Thursday from the Washington Supreme Court. The justices upheld a lower court ruling in the case of 10 psychiatric patients. They were involuntarily detained under state law and then placed in non-psychiatric beds. Emily Cooper is an attorney with Disability Rights Washington. She calls the ruling a victory for severely mentally ill patients.

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If you happen to get arrested over the weekend in Washington, your right to a bail bondsman has just been upheld by the state Supreme Court.

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A Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third degree assault. That’s the ruling Thursday from the Washington Supreme Court. The split decision stems from a high-profile case in 2012 in Bremerton.

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Police in Washington can “stop and frisk” individuals they have specific reason to believe may be armed. But if that search goes beyond a “brief and nonintrusive” search then it’s unconstitutional. That’s the finding of the Washington Supreme Court Thursday.

State High Court Hears Pyschiatric Boarding Case

Jun 26, 2014
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Parking mentally ill patients in the ER is controversial yet common. Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether that’s constitutional.

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