Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Democratic leadership in the House and Senate announced this morning that they will no longer consider taking action on a worker privacy proposal because of an e-mail that linked action on the bills to campaign contributions
Senate Bill 5446, and House Bill 1528, known as “the Worker Privacy Act,” would prohibit an employer from requiring an employee to attend a meeting, or listen to, respond to, or participate in any communication relating to political, labor or religious matters. The proposal requires an employer to post a notice of employee rights in a conspicuous place accessible to the employees at the employer’s place of business.
Plus they’ve called the cops! Seriously. I’m not kidding.
Here is the State Patrol’s statement:
The Washington State Patrol has received a request to look into potential criminal allegations surrounding communications pertaining to SB 5446 and HB 1528 – Worker Privacy Act.
As with any on-going investigation, no evidence or further information will be released at this time.
The WSP will be working hand in hand with prosecutors (We don’t know who may/may not have jurisdiction yet.) as we progress.
We just received the request and little is known at this time.
The WSP is taking this very seriously as we do with any potential criminal allegations and will work closely with prosecutors to determine a course of action.
Well that’s all clear as mud. Nothing against the state patrol, of course, they gotta do what they gotta do.
I’m not even going to pretend to speculate. Bizarre.