Think Tank Challenges Wash. Climate Change Order

Law360, New York (July 22, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT) -- Six Washington residents represented by a conservative think tank have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Chris Gregoire, seeking to invalidate an executive order she issued intending to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Gregoire violated the separation of powers doctrine by issuing her executive order right after a similar bill failed to pass out of the state Legislature, according to the complaint, lodged Wednesday in the Thurston County Superior Court.

Moreover, state agency actions pursuant to the order have been an unconstitutional expenditure of funds, the complaint alleges....
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