Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1991 NO. 21 > Jun 11 1991

The legislative authority of the State of Washington is vested in the Legislature.  In absence of a statute or constitutional provision that serves as a source of authority authorizing the Governor to act, the Governor cannot create obligations, responsibilities, conditions or processes having the force and effect of law by the issuance of an executive order.