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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1953 NO. 18 > Apr 23 1953

The board of King county commissioners may make and enforce policing regulations upon Lake Washington, subject to the limitations that they may not constitute a burden upon interstate commerce, nor conflict with the exercise of the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the United States as set forth in Title 33, U.S.C.A.

AGO 1962 NO. 101 > Mar 13 1962

The federal government does not have exclusive criminal jurisdiction over the Titan missile bases in Grant county, nor does it have concurrent jurisdiction, since it has not complied with applicable federal law.  However, the state of Washington, in exercising its jurisdiction, may not act in a manner which will embarrass the federal government in the exercise of the powers and functions incident to the public purpose to which the lands are devoted.

AGO 1966 NO. 109 > Oct 4 1966

Though not determinative of the question, language expressed by the supreme court in the recent case of State v. Kline, 69 W.D.2d 109 [[69 Wn.2d 107]](1966, would seem to support a proposition that a filiation warrant issued under RCW 26.24.010 is a form of criminal process and hence has state‑wide [[statewide]] enforceability where issued by a justice court operating under the 1961 justice court act (chapter 299, Laws of 1961); however, only the court itself can finally decide this jurisdictional question.

AGO 1951 NO. 134 > Sep 25 1951

A justice of the peace has jurisdiction only as a committing magistrate or crimes requiring as punishment both fine and imprisonment.

AGO 1951 NO. 163 > Nov 2 1951

The Insurance Commissioner of the State of Washington has jurisdiction over insurance transactions entered into within the state which involve coverage of housing projects, even though the federal Public Housing Administration has an interest in the property of such projects.

AGO 1956 NO. 188 > Jan 18 1956

In the absence of any language in section 8, chapter 310, clearly demonstrating that it was the legislature's intention to confer jurisdiction upon the commission in respect to signals and the apportionment of the cost for railroad crossings located within cities of the first class, such jurisdiction is lacking.

AGO 1954 NO. 297 > Aug 12 1954

The cemetery board has no jurisdiction over individual promoters of mausoleums on and for a cemetery owned and operated by a municipality.

AGO 1951 NO. 420 > Jan 10 1951

Washington State Board Against Discrimination in Employment is without jurisdiction to bring a complaint against an employee under stated facts.