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AGO Opinions with Topic: PRIVILEGE FOR WORDS SPOKEN IN DEBATE
AGO 1962 No. 134 >  May 14, 1962
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW - STATE - LEGISLATORS - PRIVILEGE FOR WORDS SPOKEN IN DEBATE - DEFAMATION
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW ‑- STATE ‑- LEGISLATORS ‑- PRIVILEGE FOR WORDS SPOKEN IN DEBATE ‑- DEFAMATION Under Article II, § 17, of the Washington State Constitution members of the legislature are granted an absolute privilege for words spoken in debate which privilege attaches while a legislator is performing his proper legislative function whether within or without the physical confines of the legislature itself.
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