The Constitutional Question Of Sobriety Checkpoints In Washington State. Prof. Hugh Spitzer quoted - KUOW
The problem in passing checkpoint legislation is its inherent conflict with Washington state’s constitution according to Spitzer: "When you look at our article one section seven it has a very explicit protection for the right to privacy."
Eyman files a 'Super Bowl' anti-tax initiative. Prof. Hugh Spitzer is quoted - Tacoma News Tribune
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman filed a ballot measure Wednesday to make all tax hikes passed by the Washington state Legislature expire after a year.
Prof. Hugh Spitzer discusses the Washington State Constitution - KUOW
The Washington State Constitution is a 19th century document rooted in populist traditions from the era. It still functions today, but there have been significant changes. Over the past decade, state courts have come to rely on the state’s constitutional rather than federal doctrines. This is especially true in the area of individual rights, according to Hugh Spitzer, Constitutional scholar and co-author of the book, "The Washington State Constitution."
Alaska lawmakers jump into fight over gun rights. Prof. Hugh Spitzer is quoted - Anchorage Daily News
A handful of Alaska lawmakers have thrust their state into the national debate over gun control by setting up a showdown with the federal government that some consider treasonous and others defend as patriotic.
"Law School for Legislators"
Prof. Hugh Spitzer taught the course for new members of the Washington State House of Representatives earlier this month. Teaching along with Spitzer were Judge Marlin Appelwick ’79, Tom Schlosser, part-time lecturer at UW Law, and Kristen Fraser ’91.
Seven ways to break D.C. gridlock, by Hugh Spitzer - Crosscut
Hugh Spitzer explains seven constitutional amendments that would promote democracy and force D.C. to operate more openly
Marijuana questions linger, but state will move forward. Prof. Hugh Spitzer is quoted - Everett Herald
Spitzer said it’s possible that the Department of Justice will seek an injunction against the state’s licensing of marijuana production.
Same-sex marriage: an issue of rights? Professors Peter Nicolas and Hugh Spitzer are quoted - Everett Herald
Opponents say it isn't; supporters say it is, but have downplayed that argument in the campaign for R-74.
If marijuana initiative passes, then what? Prof. Hugh Spitzer is quoted - Herald News
With federal law making possession, growing or selling of marijuana illegal, it's likely the government will take action.