Type Complaint Opinion 
Date 12/27/2012 
Number 12-04 
Topic Ballot measure - use of public facilities to support 
Respondent Rep. Sam Hunt 
Question/Complaint
May a legislator attend and participate in a rally in the capitol rotunda in support of a pending ballot measure?
Summary
Yes.  It is not a violation of RCW 42.52.180 for a legislator to take part in a rally in support of a pending ballot measure if the rally takes place in a public part of the campus which is open to all, on an equal access basis, for expression for or against a ballot measure. There were no facts to suggest that legislative resources such as staff or materials were used to support the Respondent's presentation at the rally.   Rally proponents had obtained the necessary state permits to hold the rally.  Dismissed for lack of reasonable cause.  Allegations of assault committed by Respondent at the rally dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
Document View this publication in Acrobat (PDF) Format