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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGLO 1975 NO. 60 > Jul 9 1975

(1) A district justice court has the authority to place a defendant convicted of a violation of a city ordinance on probation under the supervision of a county probation officer serving in a county department organized pursuant to RCW 9.95.210 even without an interlocal cooperation agreement. (2) A district court does not have authority to direct a defendant convicted of a misdemeanor to pay a probation service fee to the county probation department as revenue to assist in the administration of the department.

AGO 1955 NO. 70 > May 9 1955

Policemen seeking credit for time spent in service toward retirement must pay at the rate set forth and effective as of date of payment.

AGLO 1974 NO. 96 > Nov 19 1974

Jurisdiction of Washington State Patrol, county sheriffs and city police with respect to state, county and city traffic law violations.

AGO 1953 NO. 99 > Jul 24 1953

1. When an inmate of a city or county jail becomes ill or is injured and requires medical attention, being unable to pay for the services and not a recipient of public assistance, the city or county, i.e., the confining authority, is responsible for furnishing the medical services required. 2. When a ward in a juvenile detention homes becomes ill or is injured and the juvenile's parents are not financially able to provide the medical care and the juvenile is not a recipient of public assistance, the juvenile detention home shall provide the necessary medical services. 3. In the absence of a city ordinance or county resolution requiring the city or county to do so, cities or counties are not bound to arrange emergency medical care for those without funds, but not recipients of public assistance, but may very properly do so, and if either does so the cost is to be borne by either the city or county actually arranging or contracting the emergency medical service.

AGO 1957 NO. 140 > Dec 10 1957

The department of commerce and economic development has the authority to administer grants under chapter 157, Laws of 1957, and chapter 215, Laws of 1957, and it is authorized to perform planning work in all municipalities, cities, towns, metropolitan and regional areas.

AGO 1951 NO. 146 > Oct 2 1951

When the amount of the mandatory one mill levy prescribed by chapter 72, Laws of 1951 (RCW 41.16.060), together with the other estimated income, is insufficient to meet the estimated requirements of a city's firemen's pension fund, the city is authorized to levy an additional tax not to exceed one mill, to meet such estimated requirements.  Such additional one mill may exceed the city fifteen mill levy limit, thereby making a total maximum city levy of sixteen mills for all purposes.

AGO 1958 NO. 159 > Feb 18 1958

A city may legally appropriate funds for the acquisition, operation, and maintenance of public restroom facilities, and may maintain such facilities on premises leased by the city for that purpose.  A city and county may not maintain such facilities in the city as a joint county-city function separate and apart from other joint operations expressly authorized by statute.

AGO 1953 NO. 170 > Nov 17 1953

The Bellingham budget ordinance for 1954 was duly enacted at the end of the budget hearing notwithstanding the fact that the ordinance was passed at the same meeting at which it was first introduced and the city council has no authority to recall the budget to amend or modify it, except in some special manner provided by law.

AGO 1954 NO. 211 > Feb 18 1954

Section 33A, proposed amendment to the charter of the city of Bellingham, if adopted, would require the mayor to keep his office open and to apply his personal time and attention to the duties of that office during the hours fixed by the charter, or by ordinance, or if not so fixed, during recognized office hours. It would not prohibit personal financial interests in other enterprises, nor the application of his time thereto during other than regular office hours.

AGO 1954 NO. 212 > Feb 23 1954

Proposed amendment, Sec. 33-A, to the Bellingham charter could not be validly passed at the general city election to be held March 9, 1954.  Consequently, it should not be placed upon the ballot.  The petition, because of its language, could not be held in abeyance and submitted to the voters at a later election, although this would ordinarily be permissible.