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Tim Eyman files lawsuit to block release of petition signatures

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October 14, 2009


OLYMPIA, Washington: Tim Eyman, a political activist in Washington who has sponsored or worked on at least 15 initiatives in the state of Washington since 1997, filed a lawsuit to block the release of petition signatures relating to approximately 11 initiatives (including this years I-1033).[1] Eyman argues that the signers' identities are protected by the freedom of speech. According to reports a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Thurston County Superior Court. Prior to the lawsuit, Bryan Wahl, a lobbyist and political consultant, paid for copies of petition signatures. He is expected to receive the copies on Monday, unless the court rules otherwise.[2] State officials, however, disagree with Eyman's lawsuit and argue that an injunction on petition signatures would threaten open government and impact campaign disclosure laws. The lawsuit comes in the midst of a similar signature debate relating to Washington Referendum 71.[3]

The 11 initiatives mentioned in the lawsuit include:[3]

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* Laws governing the initiative process in Washington