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:
- World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (for a list of the 38 countries party to the WTO AGP, click here)
- U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
- U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement
- U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement
- U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement
- Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
- (01/27/05) - USTR Zoellick's letter to Gov. Gregoire's requesting that she sign the state on to the government procurement rules in the U.S.-Panama FTA and AFTA
- (08/13/04) - USTR Zoellick's letter to Gov. Locke concerning procurement
- (06/17/04) - Gov. Locke's letter to USTR Zoellick clarifying his September 2003 letter to Zoellick
- (09/30/03) - Gov. Locke's letter to USTR Zoellick signing onto CAFTA's restrictuve procurement rules
- (05/07/04) - Rep. Velma Veloria on Lou Dobbs' series, "Exporting America"!!!
Under the WTO GATS state policies can be bound to international rules on service-sectors
- (04/04/07) - Letter from Washington House of Representatives to USTR Schwab on domestic regulations
- (03/30/07) - Letter from Govs. Gregoire, Rendell and Spitzer to USTR Schwab expressing concerns over WTO domestic regulations negotiations
- (07/02/03) - Letter from the National Association of Attorneys General to USTR Zoellick on GATS
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
- (08/19/05) - Gov. Gregoire's letter to USTR Portman on the investor-state dispute provisions of international trade agreements
- (05/31/05) - Letter from 29 State Attorneys General to USTR Portman expressing concerns over the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
- (02/23/05) - "Canadians want U.S. to pay for beef ban," [The Seattle Times]