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Bob Ferguson

AGO 2009 NO. 1 > Mar 5 2009
STATE AGENCIES—STATUTORY AUTHORITY—EMPLOYEES – Authority of Public Works Board over staff assigned to it by the Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development.   The Public Works Board lacks the statutory authority to hire, supervise, evaluate, transfer, and fire staff assigned to it by
AGO 2009 NO. 2 > Apr 24 2009
PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES—PUBLIC WORKS—Whether statute governing alternative public works contracting procedures applies to public housing authorities.  Public housing authorities are “public bodies” as defined in RCW 39.10.210(12) and are therefore subject to the provisions of RCW 39.10
AGO 2009 NO. 3 > Jul 22 2009
LABOR — FEDERAL PREEMPTION — Whether the National Labor Relations Act would preempt the provision of a proposed bill regarding communications between employers and employees. The National Labor Relations Act would preempt the provision of a proposed bill which would prohibit employers from
AGO 2009 NO. 4 > Jul 28 2009
DISTRICTS—MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS—STATUTORY AUTHORITY— Status of district or municipal corporation after legislative repeal of authorizing statutes.   The Legislature’s repeal of statutes authorizing the formation of water distribution districts for irrigation and governing their operation, without
AGO 2009 NO. 5 > Aug 27 2009
SEWER DISTRICTS — PUBLIC FUNDS — GIFT OF PUBLIC FUNDS — GIFTS — LOANS — Use of public funds to repair or replace side sewers.   Municipal sewer districts have statutory authority to use public funds to repair or replace side sewers located on private property if doing so will increase sewer
AGO 2009 NO. 6 > Sep 21 2009
WATER—WATER RIGHTS—WELLS—INTERLOCAL COOPERATION ACT—Inter-pretation of statutes exempting certain withdrawals of groundwater from permitting requirements, and authorizing the Department of Ecology to withdraw waters from appropriation 1.      The statutory exemption from the permitting requirement
AGO 2009 NO. 7 > Nov 16 2009
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS—LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES—FIREARMS—DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS—Authority Of Limited Authority Washington Peace Officers Employed By The Department Of Corrections To Carry Concealed Pistols While Off Duty 1.      Community corrections officers, corrections officers, and other
AGO 2009 NO. 8 > Dec 11 2009
EDUCATION—PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM—RELIGION—SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION—Constitutional Implications Of Adding Early Learning To Statutory Definition Of Basic Education 1. The Legislature may create a basic education program of early learning that is limited to students who are at risk of