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AGO 2000 No. 1 >  January 19, 2000
BOUNDARY REVIEW BOARDS - CITIES AND TOWNS - ANNEXATION
Authority of boundary review board to add additional territory to a proposal to annex territory to a city by the petition method A boundary review board has authority, when reviewing a proposal to annex territory to a city by petition, to add additional territory to the proposal beyond that described in the original petition.
AGO 2000 No. 2 >  March 6, 2000
COUNTIES - CITIES AND TOWNS - MUNICIPAL COURTS - INTERLOCAL COOPERATION ACT
Authority of county to decline to enter into contract with city or town to handle misdemeanor cases referred from city law enforcement agency RCW 39.34.180 does not obligate a county to enter into a contract with a city or town to handle, through the county’s court system, misdemeanor cases referred from the city or town’s law enforcement officers; however, once a county has agreed to enter into such an agreement, the county must submit to binding arbitration if no agreement is reached concerning the payments to be made under the agreement.
AGO 2000 No. 3 >  June 13, 2000
PUBLIC DISCLOSURE LAW - PUBLIC RECORDS - CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
Public disclosure status of farm plan prepared and held by state conservation district when similar record held by parallel federal agency is exempt from public disclosure 1.  A farm plan prepared wholly or in part by the staff of a conservation district, and held in the district offices as a document relating to district business, is a “public record” for purposes of the Public Disclosure Law.  2.  Farm plans held by conservation districts are not generally subject to any exemption from public disclosure, although individual information within a document might be exempt in some cases.  3.  The disclosability of farm plans held by conservation districts is entirely a matter of state law; federal law governing similar documents held by federal agencies does not cover conservation districts, nor does it preempt the state's Public Disclosure Act as to records held by state or local agencies.
AGO 2000 No. 4 >  July 3, 2000
PUBLIC DISCLOSURE LAW - PUBLIC DISCLOSURE COMMISSION - ELECTIONS - CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS - CAMPAIGN FINANCING - CANDIDATES
Status of loans to candidates and political committees 1.  If a political campaign receives a loan from a commercial lending institution which meets the criteria set forth in RCW 42.17.720(3), and the loan is not guaranteed by any other person, the loan is exempt from the campaign contribution limitations set forth in RCW 42.17.640.  2.  In limiting the extent to which candidates may be reimbursed from campaign contributions for loans to their political campaigns, RCW 42.17.125(3) applies to funds borrowed by the candidate personally but used for campaign purposes and also to funds borrowed by the candidate's political committee but guaranteed by the candidate.
AGO 2000 No. 5 >  July 5, 2000
STATE - EDUCATION - COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES - PUBLIC FUNDS
Authority of State Investment Board to invest funds in the advanced college tuition credit program in the stocks or other equities of private corporations It is consistent with the state constitution for the state investment board to use its statutory authority to purchase stocks and other corporate equities as part of its investment of funds in the advanced college tuition credit account.
AGO 2000 No. 6 >  July 28, 2000
ELECTIONS - PUBLIC OFFICERS - CITIES AND TOWNS - CHARTERS - COUNTY AUDITOR
Holding special city election in conjunction with state general election in even-numbered year Where a first-class city has amended its charter to create new officer positions, and the charter amendments provide that the initial special election to fill the new positions will occur in conjunction with the state primary and general election in an even-numbered year, RCW 29.13.020 permits the conduct of a city special election under these circumstances.
AGO 2000 No. 7 >  September 5, 2000
CRIMES - JUVENILES - SEX OFFENDERS - COUNTIES - DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Financial responsibility for treatment of first time sex offenders who are charged before their eighteenth birthdays 1.  When a person is charged with a sex crime before his or her eighteenth birthday and is later convicted and receives a "special sex offender sentencing alternative", the state Department of Corrections is financially responsible for any treatment associated with the sentencing alternative.  2.  When a person is charged with a sex crime before his or her eighteenth birthday and is later convicted and receives a "special sex offender sentencing alternative", the financial obligation of the Department of Corrections to pay for treatment continues after the person reaches the age of eighteen.
AGO 2000 No. 8 >  November 15, 2000
CITIES AND TOWNS - JAILS
Authority of cities and towns to contract with nongovernmental entity to construct, lease, or operate a jail 1.  A code city may contract with a nongovernmental entity for the construction of a jail for the city.  2.  A code city lacks authority to enter into an operating lease agreement for a city jail with a nongovernmental entity.  3.  A code city lacks authority to contract with a nongovernmental entity to provide overall management or law enforcement services in a city jail; however, the city may contract with a private entity for other jail-related services.
AGO 2000 No. 9 >  December 11, 2000
CITIES AND TOWNS - TAXATION - LODGING TAX - TOURISM
Authority of municipalities to spend lodging tax revenues on tourism-related facilities 1.  A municipality lacks authority to expend lodging tax revenues for the support of a tourism-related facility in which the municipality has no ownership interest.  2.  A municipality may expend lodging tax revenues for the support of a tourism-related facility in which the municipality has a joint interest; the degree of support must be proportional to the extent of the municipality’s ownership interest in the facility.
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