Citizens’ Guide to Spokane Proposition 1: The Community Bill of Rights Proposal

The objective of Proposition 1 is to establish a “community bill-of-rights” in Spokane Washington. This scaled back version of a similar proposition that was rejected in 2009, would give the Spokane River the same rights as a human being (giving citizens the right to sue each other on behalf of these waterways), expand the legal authority of neighborhoods, expand union power in the workplace and reduce the role of corporate businesses in Spokane. Research shows these four provisions will curtail the rights of residents doing businesses in the city of Spokane, harm the economic climate, encourage businesses to move out of Spokane, and force taxpayers to pay for a flurry of lawsuits.

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