Washington State

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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1955 NO. 8 > Jan 17 1955

1. The state does not own and has no interest in rents that do, and insurance proceeds that may, accrue from a dock built by a first class city on a public place in a harbor area.  2. First class city may pay expenses of maintenance, repair and insurance on a municipal dock.

AGO 1957 NO. 40 > Mar 28 1957

The county treasurer may hold up payment of a warrant if he believes such payment will be illegal; he may not split the warrant, paying the concededly valid portion only, but must obtain from the county auditor a new warrant in the correct amount.

AGO 1957 NO. 48 > Apr 16 1957

A notary public is a public officer whose authority consists of those powers expressly conferred upon him by statute or which may necessarily be implied therefrom, and the use of his position for the purpose of imputing an authority not so conferred upon him is unauthorized.

AGO 1957 NO. 50 > Apr 22 1957

(1) A court commissioner need not be a lawyer.  (2) The positions of court commissioner and chief probation officer are incompatible.  (3) A court commissioner is authorized to hear and determine all matters properly within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

AGO 1955 NO. 67 > Apr 25 1955

Superintendent for state school for girls has no authority to discharge inmate for incorrigibility, but superintendent of state training school may do so upon concurrence of division of children and youth services, department of public institutions.  Superintendent of girls school cannot refuse to admit girl committed thereto, but may return her to committing court under RCW 72.20.070.  Superintendent of state training school cannot refuse to admit, but may return in compliance with RCW 72.16.080.  On return, committing court may modify or set aside order of commitment; if commitment was on conviction of crime, sentence may either be imposed or suspended.

AGO 1951 NO. 113 > Aug 31 1951

Although there is no expressed statutory authority authorizing the county commissioners to expend money for an aerial survey, it may be implied that such an expenditure would be proper.

AGO 1957 NO. 115 > Aug 27 1957

(1) Officers of the state patrol have the power and duty to enforce state laws having a uniform application to the general public throughout the state, whether within or without the corporate limits of any county or city, but this power does not authorize them to enforce matters exclusively of local concern, including violations of county and city ordinances.(2) Officers of the state patrol may enforce the state motor vehicle code on county roads and in county parks, but are not authorized to enforce county and city ordinances of local origin and nature.

AGO 1953 NO. 121 > Aug 24 1953

1. A fire district may own and operate an ambulance service. 2. A fireman's association may own and operate an ambulance service.

AGO 1953 NO. 138 > Sep 25 1953

A city of the first class has no power granted to it to tax or license an illegal activity such as gambling.

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