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AG seeks another round in court fight over Education Association fees…

Attorney General Rob McKenna says he’ll challenge the Washington Education Association’s recent victory over the state Public Disclosure Commission (see “Teachers union wins Supreme Court case…” below). McKenna’s asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule the state Supremes.

At issue: how the union can spend mandatory “agency shop fees” paid by non-member teachers. The state high court said Washington’s law — which required unions to get non-members’ permission before spending the money on politics — was unconstitutional.

The law was part of Initiative 134, which established broad campaign disclosure laws in Washington.

“Initiative 134 was approved by nearly 73 percent of the voters,” McKenna said in a press release, “and we will vigorously defend it.”

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