Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 2009 NO. 1 > Mar 5 2009

The Public Works Board lacks the statutory authority to hire, supervise, evaluate, transfer, and fire staff assigned to it by the Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development.

AGO 1988 NO. 2 > Feb 1 1988

School districts do not, under current state law, have authority to operate adolescent health care clinics, or to provide public funds or school facilities for such clinics.

AGO 2013 NO. 2 > Aug 20 2013

Irrigation districts have the statutory
authority to enter into contracts with the United States Bureau of Reclamation,
but lack the statutory authority to indemnify the United States through such

AGO 2009 NO. 4 > Jul 28 2009

The Legislature’s repeal of statutes authorizing the formation of water distribution districts for irrigation and governing their operation, without making provision for existing districts, resulted in the dissolution of existing districts.  Existing water distribution districts for irrigation were not reclassified as irrigation districts or water-sewer districts.

AGO 2014 NO. 4 > Mar 28 2014


RCW 43.135.055(1), as most recently amended by Initiative 1185 and previously by Initiatives 960 and 1053, does not amend or repeal approval the legislature has granted in other statutes for the imposition or increase of fees, and makes no distinction as to when legislative approval must take place.