The public records battle over whether to release R-71 signatures, as the Secretary of State and Attorney General support, now heads to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena on Wednesday. Here is a blog post on that … http://blogs.secstate.wa.gov/FromOurCorner/index.php/2009/10/r-71-signature-battle-heads-to-federal-appeals-judges/
A development late Tuesday is that initiative sponsor Tim Eyman and his partners in Voters Want More Choices have sued the Secretary in Thurston County Superior Court seeking to block the scheduled release of petitions for 11 initiatives over the past decade, most of them Eyman’s measures. Lobbyist-consultant Bryan Wahl of Mountlake Terrace has filed public records requests for I-722 (property tax limits) and I-745 (transportation funding) from 2000, I-747 (property tax cap) from 2001, I-776 (car tabs) from 2002, I-900 (performance audits) and I-912 (gas tax) from 2005, I-917 (car tabs) and I-920 (estate taxes) from 2006, I-960 (tax limits) from 2007, I-985 (transportation) in 2008 and I-1033 (revenue limits) from this year. Wahl has already paid over $1,500 for copies of the records and is expected to pick them up next Monday. Under the state’s policy of treating initiative and referendum petitions as releasable public records, petitions for eight initiatives have been released in recent years, most recently for Eyman’s I-1033.
The case has been assigned to Judge Richard Hicks and a telephone conference call is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday to consider the request for a temporary restraining order. By then, all parties may know what the 9th Circuit has decided on the R-71 case.