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Published: 11 April 2013

330 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199946167

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The Washington State Constitution

Second Edition

Robert F. Utter and Hugh D. Spitzer

Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the US

  • Includes an account of Washington's constitutional evolution, allowing readers to see the progression of legislation in its historical context
  • Provides a provision-by-provision commentary of the state constitution of Washington and includes analysis on the state's current constitution, providing an essential reference guide to understanding this important document

New to this Edition:

  • The new edition has been significantly expanded to detail the impact of the late nineteenth century Populist movement on both the structure and content of Washington's 1889 constitution. That movement was reflected in provisions that mandated transparency in the Legislature, divided power among eight separately-elected executive officials, and numerous constraints on corporations, monopolistic behavior, and specifically on railroads. The constitution also emphasized the paramount importance of education, care for the disabled, and protections of workers in hazardous industries.
  • This volume also brings the reader current with important developments in the theory of state constitutional interpretation in Washington State, describes the significant expansion, over the past decade, in the Washington Supreme Court's independent reliance on the state's constitution rather than the federal constitution in many constitutional doctrines, particularly those related to individual rights.
  • Includes up-to-date analysis of significant developments in a number of areas, including: rights of criminal defendants; personal freedoms of speech, religion and privacy; powers and constraints on the state legislature and the governor; the initiative, referendum and recall; and the application of Washington's unique public education clause. The accompanying bibliography includes more than 30 new books, law review articles and other reference works, and the list of cited cases includes more than 100 new important judicial opinions on Washington's constitution that have been issued since the first edition was published in 2002.

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