Type Advisory Opinion 
Date 10/29/1996 
Number 96-12 
Topic Mailing - Constituent Updates 
Respondent  
Issue/Question
RCW 42.17.132 (now 42.52.185) limits election year mails with public resources by, among other things, providing that a legislator may mail an individual letter to an individual constituent who has contacted the legislator.  Here, the legislator seeks to "update" the constituent on changes to an issue which was the subject of an earlier exchange.
Summary
Legislators can provide means for constituents to indicate they would like updates on an issue and these may be viewed as contacts from the constituent for purposes of satisfying the statute.  Here, however, the legislator proposes to act unilaterally, absent a fresh or continuing constituent contact.  Board noted that the issue was (1) a federal agency decision; (2) the subject matter had already been reported by the press; (3) the proposed letter would be mailed a month prior to the legislator's contested election and (4) there was no sense of urgency surrounding the matter.
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