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Legislative updates

Senate Bill 5347, effective July 25, 2021, authorizes electronic voting by members of cooperative associations.

Senate Bill 5019, effective July 25, 2021, authorizes the Secretary of State to make reasonable rules in accordance with federal and state laws and to provide for the uniform recording of documents in cooperation with the Recording Standards Commission. The Secretary of State may make rules governing, among other things, recording duties of county recorders and county auditors; recording standards for the creation of certified copies for use as evidence; recording standards for documents related to liens; and recording standards for documents related to the uniform commercial code.

Senate Bill 5005, effective July 25, 2021, amends the Business Corporation Act regarding electronic notices and consents.

Senate Bill 6028, effective June 11, 2020, adopts the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act with authorization for electronic signatures and notarizations with conforming amendments to the business entity laws and enacts certain further amendments to the business corporation law.

Senate Bill 6037, effective June 11, 2020, amends the Business Corporation Act regarding gender diversity on the boards of directors of public companies; contents of Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws; dependency of plans or filed records on external ascertainable facts; capital shares; share options; business opportunities; conversion, merger and share exchange; domestic amendment; voting shares; and shareholder action without a meeting.

Case summaries

Entity Status
Green v. Pierce County, No. 98768-8, decided May 27, 2021. The Washington Supreme Court held that for the purposes of the state’s Public Records Act the definition of “news media” requires an entity with a legal identity separate from an individual. Therefore, a YouTube channel owned by an individual did not meet the definition of “news media”.

PLLC Immunity
Leishman v. Wallace, No. 97734-8, decided January 28, 2021. The Washington Supreme Court held that a PLLC, retained by the Washington Attorney General to investigate an employee’s discrimination complaint was a “person” under Washington’s Anti-Slapp statute. That statute’s immunity unambiguously applies to organizations and individuals, and there is no language in the statute limiting its application when an organization or individual communicates under a contract with a government entity. The court reversed the lower court’s holding that the statute did not apply to an organization that was acting as a government contractor.

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