Type Advisory Opinion 
Date 12/11/1997 
Number 97-09 
Topic Ballot measures - hearings - Normal and Regular Conduct 
Respondent  
Issue/Question
Is it "normal and regular conduct" for a legislative committee to host a debate between proponents and opponents of a pending ballot measure two months before election day?
Summary
Under the facts presented, the debate would be a violation of RCW 42.52.180.  Legislative committees may meet in a workshop environment to study and review ballot measures, subject to the conditions set forth in the opinion.
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