Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Nov 27 2019

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement regarding a King County Superior Court judge issuing a preliminary injunction preventing the implementation of Initiative 976:

“This is not a final judgment, and this case is far from over. We will continue working to defend the will of the voters. This case will ultimately wind up before the State Supreme Court. We are working now to determine our immediate next steps. As my solicitor general, Noah Purcell said yesterday, Tim Eyman’s outburst in court was wildly inappropriate, and it hurt our chances of successfully defending the people’s initiative.”

The Attorney General's Office is defending the initiative. The brief opposing the preliminary injunction is available here.


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Brionna Aho, Communications Director, (360) 753-2727; Brionna.aho@atg.wa.gov