Federal court judge rules against ports in suit over open meetings

Even as an Olympia open meetings advocate posted a win in federal court, the ports of Tacoma and Seattle once again will meet behind closed doors Wednesday (Dec. 3) to discuss their proposed operating alliance.

U.S. District Judge James L. Robart ruled late last week that federal court was the wrong forum in which to decide whether the two port commissions violated the state’s Open Meetings Act. At issue are a series of private meetings the two port commissions held jointly to discuss a possible alliance.

Arthur West, an open government advocate from Olympia, last fall filed a civil suit in King County Superior Court asking a state judge to declare that those meetings violated the state’s Open Meetings Act. Port attorneys sought to have the case removed to federal court. Continue>>>