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By Lou Marzeles

Sheriff says Contact Tracing plan violates rights

Says his office could arrest tracers for trespass


Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer Monday issued a statement saying Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan for Contact Tracing is unconstitutional.

Songer has repeatedly taken issue with aspects of Inslee’s orders related to the pandemic because of what he calls their discrepancy with the U.S. Constitution, most recently saying he would refuse to enforce Inslee’s direction prohibiting religious gatherings. Well before that, Songer took a stand against Initiative-1639, declaring that law also unconstitutional.

Monday’s statement from Songer takes aim at the governor’s Contact Tracing plan because he says it is self-contradictory, saying compliance is voluntary but including enforcement provisio...

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