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AGO 1990 No. 16 >  December 27, 1990
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - FERRIES - PROHIBITION OF COMMERCIAL FERRY CROSSING WITHIN TEN MILES OF A STATE FERRY CROSSING
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ‑- FERRIES ‑- PROHIBITION OF COMMERCIAL FERRY CROSSING WITHIN TEN MILES OF A STATE FERRY CROSSING 1.   RCW 47.60.120 prohibits a commercial ferry crossing within ten miles of a state ferry crossing.  The prohibition in RCW 47.60.120 applies to passenger-only ferries.   2.   The ten-mile distance in RCW 47.60.120 is ten statute miles measured by airline distance.  3.   The ten-mile rule in RCW 47.60.120 is applied by comparing the state ferry crossing to the commercial ferry crossing.  A crossing consists of the two end points or termini of the run.  If the two end points or termini of the commercial ferry crossing are within ten miles of the two end points or termini of the state ferry crossing, the commercial ferry crossing is prohibited.
AGO 1957 No. 102 >  July 25, 1957
MOTOR VEHICLE FUND - FERRIES - CONSTITUTIONALITY OF SUBSIDY TOWARD OPERATION OF PUGET SOUND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM - CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PLEDGE OF MONEYS FROM MOTOR VEHICLE FUND TO SECURE TOLL BRIDGE AND FERRY REVENUE BONDS
MOTOR VEHICLE FUND ‑- FERRIES ‑- CONSTITUTIONALITY OF SUBSIDY TOWARD OPERATION OF PUGET SOUND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM ‑- CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PLEDGE OF MONEYS FROM MOTOR VEHICLE FUND TO SECURE TOLL... Legislation making a direct appropriation of moneys from the motor vehicle fund as a subsidy in aid of the operation of an integrated Puget Sound transportation system, including bridges and ferries; or providing for an annual pledge of fuel excise taxes from the motor vehicle fund as a guaranty of toll facility revenue bonds would not be invalid as contravening the provisions of Art. II, § 40, Art. VIII, §§ 1 and 5 and Art. XII, § 9.
AGO 1960 No. 142 >  September 19, 1960
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - TOLL BRIDGE AUTHORITY - FERRIES - CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY FOR PASSENGER SERVICE BY VESSEL WITHIN 10 MILES OF EXISTING FERRY SERVICE
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - TOLL BRIDGE AUTHORITY - FERRIES - CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY FOR PASSENGER SERVICE BY VESSEL WITHIN 10 MILES OF EXISTING FERRY SERVICE A certificate of public convenience and necessity may legally be granted to furnish passenger service by vessel only if such service is either not over any waters within ten miles of an existing Washington state ferry crossing or does not constitute ferry service.
AGO 1954 No. 373 >  December 29, 1954
FERRIES - POWER OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO LICENSE
FERRIES ‑- POWER OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO LICENSE County commissioners no longer have authority to grant licenses or franchises to privately-operated ferries, since RCW 36.53.010 has been repealed by implication.  This matter is now covered by RCW 81.84.010.
AGO 1952 No. 385 >  August 26, 1952
MOTOR VEHICLE FUNDS MAY NOT BE USED FOR PRIVATELY OWNED FERRIES - COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - AUTHORITY TO EXPEND MOTOR VEHICLE FUNDS - FERRIES - PRIVATELY OWNED NOT ENTITLED TO MOTOR VEHICLE FUNDS
MOTOR VEHICLE FUNDS MAY NOT BE USED FOR PRIVATELY OWNED FERRIES -- COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ‑- AUTHORITY TO EXPEND MOTOR VEHICLE FUNDS -- FERRIES ‑- PRIVATELY OWNED NOT ENTITLED TO MOTOR VEHICLE FUNDS Motor Vehicle funds may not be used by the county for the purpose of erecting or maintaining ferry slips contemplated to be leased to a privately owned and operated ferry company.
AGO 1951 No. 106 >  August 23, 1951
FERRIES - CRIMINAL JURISDICTION OF STATE - NATURE OF FEDERAL AUTHORITY - NAVIGABLE WATERS
FERRIES ‑- CRIMINAL JURISDICTION OF STATE ‑- NATURE OF FEDERAL AUTHORITY ‑- NAVIGABLE WATERS Crimes committed aboard Washington ferries are subject to normal criminal arrest by police officers within their respective geographical jurisdiction.
AGLO 1980 No. 3 >  January 14, 1980
FERRIES - INSURANCE - EMPLOYEES
STATE‑FUNDED INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR FERRY SYSTEM EMPLOYEES (1) Employees of the Washington State Ferry System are subject to the jurisdiction of the State Employees Insurance Board under chapter 41.05 RCW with respect to the design of such employer-funded insurance coverage as they receive from the state. (2) The employer's contribution of the Washington Department of Transportation under RCW 41.05.050(2) is not, in the case of ferry system employees, limited to that which the State Employees Insurance Board sets as the employer's contribution for state agencies generally.
AGLO 1980 No. 28 >  October 7, 1980
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE - WASHINGTON TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION - FERRIES - CONTRACTS
IMPOSITION OF TIME LIMIT FOR USE OF COMMUTER BOOKS The Washington Transportation Commission did not violate any contractual rights of persons who previously purchased undated ferry system commuter ticket books when, by Resolution No. 72, it provided that commutation ticket books shall be valid only for ninety days from the date of purchase.
AGLO 1973 No. 85 >  July 27, 1973
COUNTIES - CARRIERS - FERRIES - AUTHORITY OF 7TH CLASS COUNTY TO ENGAGE IN TRANSPORTATION BUSINESS
COUNTIES ‑- CARRIERS ‑- FERRIES ‑- AUTHORITY OF 7th CLASS COUNTY TO ENGAGE IN TRANSPORTATION BUSINESS Except to the extent that it is authorized under RCW 36.54.010, et seq., to own and operate a ferry system, a 7th class county is not authorized to engage in the transportation business for hire.
AGO 2014 No. 4 >  March 28, 2014
FEES - TOLLS - FERRIES - INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM - LEGISLATURE - AMENDMENTS - STATUTORY AUTHORITY
Whether RCW 43.135.055(1) Supersedes The Delegation Of Authority To The Transportation Commission To Set Toll Rates And Ferry Fares

RCW 43.135.055(1), as most recently amended by Initiative 1185 and previously by Initiatives 960 and 1053, does not amend or repeal approval the legislature has granted in other statutes for the imposition or increase of fees, and makes no distinction as to when legislative approval must take place.
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