WSR 17-01-134
[Filed December 20, 2016, 2:33 p.m.]
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The attorney general's office seeks public input on the following opinion request(s):
Opinion Docket No. 16-12-01
Request by Steve Conway, Senator, District 29
Does the invocation of survivor rights for a designated spouse under RCW 41.18.042 alone, and not under RCW 41.26.164, mean that the payment of survivor rights to the decedent firefighter's surviving spouse is the full benefit to which that surviving spouse is entitled under RCW 41.18 or is the benefit that which is mandated by RCW 4.1.18 minus the benefit that would have been offset under RCW 41.26 had the decedent firefighter invoked the 2002 or 2005 RCW 41.26 statutes?
Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.