ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINION
RCW 39.34.180 does not obligate a county to enter into a contract with a city or town to handle, through the county's court system, misdemeanor cases referred from the city or town's law enforcement officers; however, once a county has agreed to enter into such an agreement, the county must submit to binding arbitration if no agreement is reached concerning the payments to be made under the agreement.
The Honorable Mary Margaret Haugen
Senator, 10th Legislative District
P.O. Box 40482
Olympia, WA 98504-0482