Envision Spokane and a coalition of business and government interests will make their cases before the Washington Supreme Court on Nov. 10, the court announced yesterday when it released its fall schedule.
Each side will get 20 minutes to make their oral arguments in the case, but a request for ten additional minutes can be made before the hearing. The court said it would hear the case last week.
The ballot measure in question, the Community Bill of Rights, would have been considered by voters in 2013 but was blocked by a Spokane County Superior Court judge. It was the third initiative put forward by Envision Spokane and would bolster environmental protection and neighborhood and labor rights if approved by voters.
Envision’s latest effort, the Worker Bill of Rights, is a scaled-back version of the 2013 measure and will appear on this November’s ballot.
The coalition consists of Spokane County, the Downtown Spokane Partnership, Greater Spokane Incorporated, the Spokane Home Builders Association and Avista Corp., among others, formed to prevent the measure from appearing on city ballots. Three Spokane City Council members – Mike Allen, Nancy McLaughlin and Steve Salvatori – also signed on to fight the measure.