Lawsuit: Redistricting commission violated open-meetings law

SEATTLE (AP) — A government transparency group has sued Washington’s redistricting commission, saying its final vote on the state’s new political maps violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act. The Seattle Times reports the Washington Coalition for Open Government filed the lawsuit Thursday, saying commissioners flouted the public meetings law by negotiating secretly for hours on Nov. 15 before taking a rushed pre-midnight vote on maps that were not publicly displayed or debated. The lawsuit seeks to void the bipartisan commission’s final vote, impose a $500 fine for each of the commissioners and attorney’s fees. It does not take a position on the merits of the map agreed to belatedly by the commission.