NEWS

Experience with vote-by-mail in Washington state runs contrary to administration’s claims

(OLYMPIA)— Attorney General Bob Ferguson responded today to statements last week from the president and members of his administration that call into question the integrity of vote-by-mail elections. Claiming in a Thursday tweet that a vote-by-mail election would be “the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” the president also added “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” Attorney General Ferguson’s statement: “President Trump is simply wrong about mail-in voting. Washington state conducts elections entirely by mail, and as Secretary of State Kim Wyman has made clear, Washington has never experienced ‘rampant’ voter fraud. “Despite clear     (read more)

Courts have unanimously upheld Governor’s authority

(OLYMPIA)— Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson provided an update Monday regarding the legal challenges to the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders. The Attorney General’s Office has successfully defended all 17 legal challenges. State and federal courts across Washington have rejected the plaintiff’s requests for emergency relief in many of the cases, and the plaintiffs in several other cases have given up and abandoned their claims. While more than 10 motions to temporarily block the orders have been filed in the various cases, not one has been granted. Court rulings have called the arguments by plaintiffs     (read more)

Mount Vernon property inspections to begin in August 2020

(MOUNT VERNON)- All properties in the Mount Vernon School District are being revalued for the 2021 assessment year. Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office will inspect all commercial, farm and residential properties in the district. The last inspection for this area was 2015. In consideration of the COVID-19 environment, the majority of inspections will be limited to what can be observed from the street. Appraisers will not knock or announce their presence on the property unless they have questions that cannot be answered by visual observations on the street. If verification of characteristics is needed, appraisers may take a brief exterior     (read more)

Inslee extends high-risk employee proclamation

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced the extension of proclamation 20-46.1, first issued in April, which relates to protections for high-risk employees and workers' rights. As a result of new CDC guidance regarding people at increased risk for severe illness, the extension will provide a clarifying guidance memo. The guidance memo confirms that employees who are 65 and older continue to be covered by the proclamation and clarifies processes for employers of individuals with certain medical conditions. The proclamation will remain in effect through the duration of the state of emergency, or until otherwise rescinded or amended.     (read more)

Coalition of attorneys general call for immediate withdrawal of directive that strips CDC of control over coronavirus data

(OLYMPIA)- Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday partnered with a coalition of state attorneys general urging the Trump Administration to immediately withdraw its new reporting structure that prohibits hospitals from reporting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The directive creates a system controlled solely by the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services. In a letter sent to Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Ferguson and 21 attorneys general urge the department to restore the CDC to its rightful role as the primary authority over and source of information about the nation’s public health data.     (read more)