Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

May 14 2010
 Seven states, National Federation of Independent Businesses added as plaintiffs SEATTLE – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna today joined Florida and 18 other states in filing an amended complaint in the lawsuit challenging the federal health care reform act.   The amended complaint now features a total of 20 state plaintiffs and two individual plaintiffs. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has also joined the lawsuit on behalf of its members nationwide.
Apr 28 2010
 State government’s chief lawyer says court loss would invite ballot fraud WASHINGTON, DC – Laws granting access to government records are constitutional, and the public’s right to double-check election officials and signature gatherers should be upheld.
Apr 19 2010
Secretary of State Sam Reed will join Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna in Washington, DC, at the end of the month as McKenna argues his third US Supreme Court case, defending the constitutionality of Washington’s voter-approved public records law.
Jan 15 2010
OLYMPIA–Attorney General Rob McKenna today issued the following statement on the US Supreme Court’s decision to hear Doe v. Reed, a case involving the release of Referendum 71 petitions containing the names and addresses of those who signed the measure.“This case involves a direct attack on public disclosure and transparency in elections. It affects not only all Washington state initiatives and referenda but also has major ramifications for every state with an initiative and referenda process and similar laws regarding public disclosure.
Jul 10 2009
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Rob McKenna today made the following statement on Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Wickham’s ruling in Stenson v. Vail, rejecting claims challenging the constitutionality of the Department of Corrections’ protocol for execution by lethal injection.  The case impacts the pending executions of not just Darold Stenson, but two other Washington state death row inmates who joined the case, Cal Coburn Brown and Jonathan Gentry.
Dec 3 2008
OLYMPIA – The State of Washington and the Washington Education Association announced today that they have settled a dispute stemming from campaign finance charges brought 8 years ago against the Washington Education Association.
May 13 2008
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision restoring Washington’s top-two primary system in March gave voters much to celebrate, the battle to preserve it is far from over. Secretary of State Sam Reed, the state’s chief elections officer, and Attorney General Rob McKenna, are vigorously defending the system from a new round of challenges brought by the state’s Democratic and Republican parties, and remain optimistic that voters will get their wish for wide-open primary voting that allows them pick their favorite for each office, regardless of party label
Mar 18 2008
Calling the decision an extraordinary victory for voters, Secretary of State Sam Reed and Attorney General Rob McKenna today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court for upholding Washington’s wide open Top-Two Primary.
Mar 18 2008
Attorney General Rob McKenna will hold a media availability this morning at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the US Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision upholding the constitutionality of Washington’s Top Two Primary. Secretary of State Sam Reed, who is travelling in Yakima, will join by phone.
Oct 1 2007
Attorney General Rob McKenna today argued on behalf of Washington citizens before the US Supreme Court, defending Initiative 872, the “Top-Two Primary” initiative passed by about 60 percent of voters in 2004.