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CLEAN v. State
Washington Supreme Court
928 P.2d 1054 (1996)
The Washington legislature enacted the Stadium Act, which provided financing for the construction of a publicly owned baseball stadium. Specifically, the Stadium Act authorized the collection of taxes. Once constructed, the stadium would be leased to the Seattle Mariners, a major-league baseball team. The Seattle Mariners would pay reasonable rent for the privilege of conducting its activities in the stadium. The legislature believed that the stadium would benefit businesses, create jobs, and provide entertainment. The Citizens for Leaders with Ethics and Accountability Now (CLEAN) (plaintiff) brought suit against the State of Washington (defendant), contending that the Stadium Act violated the Washington Constitution. The trial court found that the Stadium Act was constitutional and dismissed the case. CLEAN appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Alexander, J.)
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