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State: Tukwila Bar Owes $200,000 In Local Gambling Taxes

by March 23rd, 2011

SUMMARY: The White Horse Bar and Grill in Tukwila, Wash. is facing possible suspension or revocation of its two state gambling licenses. The state charges that the establishment has failed to pay more than $200,000 to the City of Tukwila in local gambling taxes, after disregarding a plan negotiated early last year to pay the debt. A hearing has been scheduled before an administrative law judge.

French Slough Flood District Dealt No-Bid Projects To Its Own

by February 9th, 2011

SUMMARY: In a newly-issued report the Office Of The Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag has cited the French Slough Flood Control District In Snohomish County for violating state conflict-of-interest law and state law requiring competitive bidding on contracts. Two different companies partially owned by elected commissioners of the district received payments for work projects from the district, totaling more than $120,000 in one case and more than $20,000 in another case. The district did not meet state requirements to allow competitive bidding by different contractors on the projects.

WA Supreme Court: Department Rules No Liability Shield In Car-Accident Damage Suit By Spouse Of State Worker

by January 26th, 2011

SUMMARY: The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the State of Washington may not escape liability for a negligence claim stemming from injuries caused to a spouse riding as an unauthorized passenger, when a state vehicle driven on state business by her husband, a Department of Ecology intern, went out of control and overturned several times on State Route 18. A trial court had rejected the spouse’s claim because her husband was breaking department rules by taking her on the work trip in the state vehicle when she was not on state business. But an appeals court reversed the trial court, stressing that the state bore “vicarious liability” for its employee regardless, because he was pursuing work duties at the time of the accident. The Supreme Court affirmed that, and sent the case back to the trial court with an order to enter a summary judgement in favor of the plaintiff and determine damages.