Eyman privacy case awaits Referendum 71 ruling

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November 24, 2009


OLYMPIA, Washington: Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks announced on Friday that he will wait for the United States Supreme Court ruling on the Referendum 71 privacy case before moving forward with Tim Eyman's lawsuit to block the release of petition signatures. “Let’s find out what the U.S. Supreme Court is going to do. Then this can go forward,” Hicks said from the bench. “I’m very much in favor of openness, but I also believe in privacy and constitutional rights...I want to do the right thing. I don’t want to do a lot of work for nothing that turns out to be superseded by what a higher court does," said Judge Hicks.[1]

Tim Eyman filed his lawsuit after debate began regarding to the release of R-71's petition signatures. The lawsuit requests blocking the release of petition signatures relating to approximately 11 initiatives (including this years I-1033).[2]

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

See also

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* SCOTUS upholds R-71 ban on petition names