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AGO Opinions with Topic: CONSTITUTIONALITY OF INITIATIVE 25 COWLITZ DAM
AGO 1959 No. 18 >  February 27, 1959
INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM - CONSTITUTIONALITY OF INITIATIVE 25 COWLITZ DAM
INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM - CONSTITUTIONALITY OF INITIATIVE 25 COWLITZ DAM A majority of the attorneys in this office who have reviewed and considered this matter are of the opinion that the initiative, if enacted, would be invalid in its application to all persons, as that term is defined therein, except municipal corporations of this state.  Since the single expressed purpose of the initiative is to conserve the state's fishery resources and this single purpose would be defeated by its invalidity as to some of the persons against whom it is intended to operate, the act, irrespective of the severability clause, must be construed as not being severable and, therefore, ineffective for any purpose.
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