WSR 03-15-001


[ Filed July 2, 2003, 3:17 p.m. ]



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 13, 2003. 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 this date, 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) 664-3027, 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):

03-07-01 Request by the Honorable Janice E. Ellis
Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney

1. Does Article XI, section 4 or 5 of the Washington Constitution bar the legislative authority of a charter county from applying campaign contribution limitations contained in a county ethics code to the office of prosecuting attorney? 2. If the answer to the first question is "no," does any other provision of state law bar application of county campaign contribution limitations to the office of prosecuting attorney? 3. Do campaign contribution limitations contained in state law apply to the office of prosecuting attorney? 4. Does state law bar a county legislative authority from imposing other requirements of a county ethics code on the prosecuting attorney? 5. Are prosecuting attorneys, deputy prosecuting attorneys, or other employees of a prosecuting attorney's office subject to the state ethics law codified in RCW 42.52?

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