Spotlight On Your State: Washington
Washington Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Trade Policy: Established in 2003 to monitor the impacts of the WTO agreements, NAFTA and proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas on state law, and "provide a mechanism for legislators and citizens to voice their opinions and concerns about the potential impacts of these trade agreements to state and federal government officials.
International trade agreements can bind state policies to restrictive government procurement rules.
- Washington governors have committed the state to be bound to the following trade agreements' restrictive government procurement provisions:
Under the WTO GATS state policies can be bound to international rules on service-sectors
Under NAFTA and other trade agreements, corporations can use closed trade tribunals to privately enforce an extreme set of investor rights by suing the United States over the actions of state or local governments