OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a new law transforming how Washington administers and enforces its campaign finance laws.
Under the new law, every complaint must first be filed with the Public Disclosure Commission. Staff will have greater ability to deal with minor errors and technical corrections, and authority to refer large and complex cases to Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Ferguson asked Inslee to veto the bill because it eliminates his ability to independently file complaints against suspected violators.
Inslee instead encouraged the commission to adopt rules to allow for expedited referrals to the attorney general.
The new law takes effect in June.