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Bob Ferguson

AGO 1996 NO. 11 > Aug 1 1996
Click here for a PDF version of this opinion.   STATE - LANDS - FOREST LAND - LEGISLATURE - BOARD OF NATURAL RESOURCES - COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC LANDS - DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES - ENABLING ACT - TRUSTS - WASHINGTON TERRITORY - COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES - COUNTIES -State's trust
AGO 1996 NO. 12 > Jul 31 1996
COUNTIES -COUNTYAUDITOR-COUNTYTREASURER- RECORDING DOCUMENTS - TRUSTS - BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS - TAXATION - Duty of county auditors and treasurers to record documents. 1.  Under current Washington case law, a county auditor or similar recording officer has a ministerial duty to record a document
AGO 1996 NO. 13 > Aug 6 1996
STATE CONSTITUTION - GAMBLING - LOTTERIES - INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM - Vote required to authorize Tribal-sponsored electromechanical gaming. 1.  Under the Washington State Constitution, article 2, section 24, an initiative authorizing forms of electromechanical gaming not previously authorized
AGO 1996 NO. 14 > Aug 16 1996
ELECTIONS - SECRETARY OF STATE - COUNTY AUDITORS - VOTER REGISTRATION - Authority of State to accept federal postcard form for voter registration and absentee voter status. 1.  Election officials may accept, as an application for permanent voter registration in the state of Washington, the Federal
AGO 1996 NO. 15 > Sep 4 1996
COUNTIES - OFFICES AND OFFICERS - HEALTH - DISTRICTS - COUNTY COMMISSIONERS -Simultaneous service of one spouse as county commissioner while other spouse is administrator of the local Health Department in the same county. RCW 42.23.030 does not prohibit the service of one spouse as a county
AGO 1996 NO. 16 > Sep 13 1996
DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - FISH - WILDLIFE - OFFICES AND OFFICERS - Authority of the Department of Fish and Wildlife to "commission," as fisheries patrol officers or as wildlife agents, persons who have not been "appointed" to law enforcement positions within the agency. The Fish and
AGO 1996 NO. 17 > Sep 26 1996
COUNTIES - ROADS - POLICE POWERS - INTERLOCAL COOPERATION ACT -Authority of non-charter county to maintain federally-owned roads not open to the general public.  1.  Federally-owned roads which are closed to the general public are not "county roads" and a non-charter county therefore lacks
AGO 1996 NO. 18 > Nov 26 1996
WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION AND TRADE CENTER - STATE AGENCIES - PUBLIC WORKS AND IMPROVEMENTS - CONTRACTS - COMPETITIVE BIDDING -Authority of state agency to vary from bidding procedure.   Where the Legislature has authorized expansion of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center but has
AGO 1996 NO. 19 > Dec 11 1996
WATER - DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - CITIES - COUNTIES - DISTRICTS -Interpretation of legislation recognizing interties between public water supply systems.  1.  The procedure established in RCW 90.03.383(3) for modifying a water right permit based on an intertie between public

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