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Washington State Laws and Constitution

Some state laws and articles of the State Constitution that should be highlighted are:

  • Discrimination - Human Rights Commission (RCW 49.60) - includes a wide range of discrimination concerns including trained dog guides and service animals (RCW 49.60.215). WAC 162-26 provides additional information related to disability discrimination including reasonable accommodation (WAC 162-26-080) and dog guides and service animals;
  • Credit Not To Be Loaned - Article VIII, Section 7 of the Washington State Constitution;
  • Fair Campaign Practices Act (RCW 42.17A) - Short title for Campaign disclosure and contribution;
  • Open Public Meetings Act (RCW 42.30) - see Board Meetings;
  • Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) - see chapter on Public Records;
  • Religious Freedom - Article I, Section 11 of the Washington State Constitution;
  • Smoking in Public Places (RCW 70.160) - formerly known as the Washington Clean Indoor Air Act;
  • Minimum Wage (RCW 49.46) - For information about minimum wage, including the current minimum wage, a History of Washington State's Minimum Wage by year, and FAQs, go to Labor and Industrustries Minimum Wage. The Washington Administrative Code (WAC 296-128) provides a number of specifics regarding the minimum wage in Washington;
  • Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) (RCW 49.17) -  The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries provides a helpful web page, About OSHA (the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration), WISHA, and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

A number of RCWs and WACs are of particular relevance to libraries and may be viewed by going to the interactive index.