Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1959 NO. 39 >

(1)  The commissioners of the Civil Service Commission established by Initiative No. 23 can be reimbursed for expenses and mileage incurred by them in the performance of their duties. (2)  The Board of County Commissioners cannot appropriate funds to the Civil Service Commission in excess of the amount provided for in section 21 of the initiative.

AGLO 1977 NO. 45 >

It would not now be legal, under RCW 42.17.130, for the funds or facilities of the Washington State Women's Council to be used for the purpose of promoting or opposing Referendum No. 40 at the forthcoming state general election.

AGLO 1973 NO. 63 >

All bills subject to referendum which were passed by the 1973 first extraordinary session of the legislature will become effective at midnight on Sunday, July 15, 1973, unless a later effective date is specified therein.

AGLO 1975 NO. 77 >

Under RCW 29.79.020 an initiative to the legislature may only be filed with the secretary of state within ten months prior to the next regular session of the legislature even though such initiative measures may now be voted upon at the annual state general election held pursuant to RCW 29.13.010 in November of each year.

AGO 1964 NO. 91 >

(1) Under existing state law the residents of a county do not have the power to enact county-wide legislation by initiative. (2) The residents of a county do not have the power of referendum under existing state law in regard to ordinances or regulations duly enacted by a board of county commissioners.

AGLO 1974 NO. 105 >

A bill providing for the imposition of a graduated net income tax would be unconstitutional under Article VII, § 1 (Amendment 14) of the state Constitution even though approved by the voters as a referendum bill.