Ticket Number: 
Michael O'Neill
James McNamara
Created Date: 
October 15, 2018
Status of Investigations: 
Case Closed with No Evidence of Violations

The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) has completed its review of the complaint filed by Michael O'Neill on October 5, 2018. The complaint alleged that the City of Longview City Council may have violated RCW 42.17A.555 by using public facilities in opposition to Initiative 1631, a statewide ballot proposition concerning the assessing of fees for certain entities releasing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases.PDC staff reviewed the allegations listed in the complaint to determine whether a formal investigation or enforcement action is warranted. Staff reviewed all attachments submitted with the complaint, the statute, rules, and PDC Interpretation 04-02 “Guidelines for Local Government Agencies in Election Campaigns”, and the October 17, 2018, response from James McNamara, City Attorney for the City of Longview. PDC staff’s review found that the Longview City Council did not use the facilities to oppose Initiative 1631, when it listed the initiative on the meeting agenda and allowed the public to provide testimony, since the agenda was properly posted, and the City Council allowed for both supporting and opposing views to be aired at the meeting. PDC staff found no evidence of a material violation that would require conducting a more formal investigation into your complaint or pursuing enforcement action in this instance. Based on this information, the PDC has dismissed your complaint in accordance with RCW 42.17A.755(1)(a).