Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1965 NO. 20 > May 26 1965

(1) A board of county commissioners may not appoint one of its members to fill a vacancy in the office of county auditor. (2) Same: If a county commissioner were to resign his office for the sole purpose of accepting an appointment as the county auditor under a prior agreement to that effect with the board of which he was a member, the member would still be ineligible for the appointment notwithstanding his resignation.

AGO 1963 NO. 32 > Jun 18 1963

Under a treaty entered into in 1855 by the United States government and the Yakima Indians, the Indians were given exclusive fishing right on rivers "running through or bordering said reservation."  A rule or regulation of the department of fisheries purporting to authorize fishing at such places, by nonmembers of the tribe, is invalid and must fall as being in conflict with the supremacy clause of the United States Constitution.

AGO 1953 NO. 72 > Jun 24 1953

1. State employees retirement.  Extension of service of an employee passed 70 years of age is effective beyond April 1, 1953, not withstanding the passage of chapter 200, Laws of 1953. 2. Such extension entitles the employee to continue to be a fully contributing member and qualify for further benefits under the retirement act. 3. Section 21, chapter 200, Laws of 1953 has no effect upon the rights of such employee to continue in service and to continue to be a fully contributing member of the retirement system.