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Bob Ferguson

AGO 1950 NO. 392 >

Amendments to the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance provisions of the Federal Social Security Act make coverage available to officials and employees of the various states and to municipal corporations and political subdivisions of such states.  Coverage can be effected only on the application of a state and requires an agreement under which the state undertakes the collection and guarantees payments.  Officials and employees already covered by public retirement systems are not eligible for coverage.  The State of Washington has no agency designated to effect an agreement with the Federal Social Security Administration and the Governor of the State does not in the absence of statute have power to make such an agreement.