WASHINGTON ATTORNEY GENERAL
The Washington Attorney General issues formal published opinions in response to requests by the heads of state agencies, state legislators, and county prosecuting attorneys. When it appears that individuals outside the Attorney General's Office have information or expertise that will assist in the preparation of a particular opinion, a summary of that opinion request will be published in the state register. If you are interested in commenting on a request listed in this volume of the register, you should notify the Attorney General's Office of your interest by August 8, 2001. This is not the due date by which comments must be received. However, if you do not notify the Attorney General's Office of your interest in commenting on an opinion request by August 8, 2001, the opinion may be issued before your comments have been received. You may notify the Attorney General's Office of your intention to comment by calling (360) 586-4218, or by writing to the Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-0100. When you notify the office of your intention to comment, you will be provided with a copy of the opinion request in which you are interested; information about the Attorney General's Opinion process; information on how to submit your comments; and a due date by which your comments must be received to ensure that they are fully considered.
The Attorney General's Office seeks public input on the following opinion request(s).
Request by Ronda Cahill, Chair, Public Disclosure
1. Do conservation district elections come within the definition of a general or special election? 2. If a conservation district election is a general election or a special election, do individuals who seek election as conservation district supervisors now fall under the definition of candidate because of the 1999 statutory amendment in RCW 89.08.020 eliminating the landowner or occupier requirement (thus making these individuals subject to campaign and/or personal financial affairs disclosure if their districts otherwise meet the criteria specified in RCW 42.17.030 (election campaigns) and/or RCW 42.17.405 (personal financial affairs reporting))? 3. For purposes of filing the annual personal financial affairs statement in RCW 42.17.240, are elected conservation district supervisors "elected officials" who are subject to the requirement if the district has one thousand or more registered voters? 4. If the answer to question 2 is yes, do the supervisors who are appointed to the district boards by the state commission also need to file the personal financial disclosure reports if the district has one thousand or more registered voters?