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Ysursa v. Pocatello Education Association

Docket No.: 07-869
Certiorari Granted: Mar 31 2008
Argued: November 3, 2008
Decided: February 24, 2009

PartyNames: Ben Ysursa, Idaho Secretary of State, et al. v. Pocatello Education Association, et al.
Petitioner: Ben Ysursa, Idaho Secretary of State, et al.
Respondent: Pocatello Education Association, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Ben Ysursa, Idaho Secretary of State, et al.
v.
Pocatello Education Association, et al.
555 U.S. 353 (2009)
Question Presented:

Does the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibit a state legislature from removing the authority of state political subdivisions to make payroll deductions for political activities under a statute that is concededly valid as applied to state government employers?

Question:

Do provisions of Idaho's Voluntary Contributions Act prohibiting payroll deductions for "political activities" violate the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment when applied to local government employees?

Holding: judgment reversed
Vote: 6-3
Read YSURSA V. POCATELLO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION opinion (PDF)
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