In 1959 the state legislature passed a law enabling Washington to obtain federal-aid highway grants for the reimbursement of utility relocation costs incident to federal highway construction. In the recent case of Washington St. Hy. Comm'n. v. Pacific Northwest Bell Tel. Co., the Washington Supreme Court held this legislation to violate the state constitution.
Wayne Booth, Jr.,
Washington Case Law,
Constitutional Law—Reimbursement of Utility Relocation Costs,
Wash. L. & Rev.
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