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AGO 2002 No. 2 >  April 10, 2002
COUNTIES - CITIES - PORT DISTRICTS - STATE AGENCIES - PUBLIC DISCLOSURE ACT - PUBLIC RECORDS
Applicability of public records sections of RCW 42.17 to associations comprised of counties, county officials, cities, and port districts While associations comprised of counties or local public officers are not “agencies” as defined in RCW 42.17.020, they could in certain circumstances be found to be “functional equivalents” of agencies for purposes of applying particular portions of the Public Disclosure Act; this would be greatly dependent on the facts of a particular case.
AGO 1987 No. 24 >  November 23, 1987
STATE - TEMPORARY LOCATION - BRANCH OFFICES - PRINCIPAL OFFICES - LOCATION - STATE AGENCIES - BOUNDARIES
TEMPORARY LOCATION The seat of government is the city of Olympia as it existed in 1890.  All state executive offices must be located at the seat of government, i.e. , in, within, near, or in close proximity to the city of Olympia as it existed in 1890.   The agency head and core administrative functions must be located at the seat of government.  Branch offices may be located away from the seat of government.   An agency head and core administrative functions may be located other than at the seat of government on a temporary basis.
AGO 1994 No. 10 >  July 29, 1994
COUNTIES - LAND USE REGULATIONS - ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS - UNITED STATES - STATE AGENCIES
Authority of county to require federal and state agencies to follow county policies and procedures 1.  A county lacks authority to require any agency of the United States to follow county policies or procedures in land use decisions or environmental regulation, except where Congress has specifically directed federal agencies to conform to local law.  2.  A county lacks authority to require any agency of the State of Washington to follow county policies or procedures in land use or environmental regulation, except where state law, expressly or by necessary implication, requires state agencies to conform to county procedural or substantive requirements as to a particular agency decision.
AGO 1988 No. 3 >  February 5, 1988
STATE AGENCIES
AUTHORITY TO CONTRACT WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ‑- HOUSING OF PRISONERS The Washington Department of Corrections has authority to enter into an agreement whereby the Department will house federal prisoners in Washington state prisons, in return for monetary payments from the federal government.
AGO 1988 No. 4 >  February 18, 1988
STATE AGENCIES - MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS
CONTRACTS FOR ARCHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERING SERVICES 1. A public agency may not, in procuring architectural or engineering services, consider proposed price or cost in determining which firm is most highly qualified to provide services. 2. When a public agency selects a firm to perform architectural or engineering services, price and cost may be considered only after the most qualified firm has been selected, at which time the law provides for negotiation of a "fair and reasonable" price.  
AGO 1966 No. 90 >  June 22, 1966
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - STATE AGENCIES - INSURANCE - HOSPITALIZATION AND MEDICAL AID CONTRACTS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AND CERTAIN ELECTED OFFICERS - NECESSITY FOR EACH AGENCY TO BE POLICYHOLDER
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- STATE AGENCIES ‑- INSURANCE ‑- HOSPITALIZATION AND MEDICAL AID CONTRACTS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AND CERTAIN ELECTED OFFICERS ‑- NECESSITY FOR EACH AGENCY TO BE POLICYHOLDER Under RCW 41.04.180, a state agency or political subdivision may provide hospitalization and medical aid for its employees and their dependents by means of payments pursuant to contract with a regularly constituted insurance carrier or health care service contractor of premiums payable on group hospitalization or medical aid insurance plans covering such employees without itself being the policyholder provided that (a) in the case of a state agency or school district, the payments do not exceed 50% of the total premium, or $5.00 per month per employee covered; and (b) comparable coverage under other plans is made available by the agency or political subdivision for such of its employees within the general class to be covered as are not enrolled in the particular group disability insurance program.
AGO 1996 No. 18 >  November 26, 1996
WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION AND TRADE CENTER - STATE AGENCIES - PUBLIC WORKS AND IMPROVEMENTS - CONTRACTS - COMPETITIVE BIDDING
Authority of state agency to vary from bidding procedure Where the Legislature has authorized expansion of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center but has conditioned funding upon the receipt of contributions from a public or private co-developer, and has imposed further conditions which render it economically impracticable to call for public bids on those portions of the expansion project which will be "jointly" used by the co-developers, and the Convention and Trade Center will call for public bids on those portions of the project that are intended for its use as a state instrumentality, the public works laws are sufficiently flexible to allow the "joint" portions of the construction project to be designed and built by the co-developer without call for public bids.
AGO 1994 No. 5 >  March 31, 1994
LEGISLATURE - STATE AUDITOR - STATE AGENCIES - PUBLIC RECORDS - TELEPHONE RECORDS
State Auditor may require Legislature to maintain detailed telephone records for audit 1.  The State Auditor's authority to audit the records of agencies, including the Legislature, implies authority to require that records be kept in sufficient detail to satisfy audit needs. 2.  The State Auditor has authority to require state agencies, including the Legislature, to maintain records of telephone numbers called from state-owned telephones, for audit purposes. 3.  If the State Auditor maintains files containing legislative telephone records, such records are exempt from public disclosure while the audit investigation is pending; thereafter, the records are generally not exempt from disclosure unless someone can make a showing that particular records fall within some recognized exception to the public disclosure laws. 4.  The State Auditor's authority to audit the Legislature, including the authority to prescribe the keeping of records for audit purposes, extends to the Legislature itself and to committees created by the Legislature (such as the Legislative Transportation Committee and the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee), and to persons or agencies exercising legislative power (such as the State Actuary and the Redistricting Commission).
AGO 1994 No. 7 >  April 26, 1994
COURTS - STATE AGENCIES - TRAVEL AND EXPENSE REGULATIONS
Applicability of state travel and expense regulations to judicial branch of state government 1.  RCW 43.03.050 and .060, which authorize the Office of Financial Management to prescribe travel and expense reimbursement policies for state agencies, include courts and other agencies in the judicial branch of state government.2.  To the extent it can be justified by varying circumstances, the Office of Financial Management may prescribe different expense reimbursement rates for judicial branch agencies than for other state agencies; however, the mileage rate established under RCW 43.03.060 must be uniform for all employees.
AGLO 1976 No. 72 >  November 24, 1976
ZONING - STATE AGENCIES
APPLICABILITY OF BUILDING CODES TO STATE AGENCIES A state agency is not required to comply with the provisions of a local (county or city) zoning code.
AGLO 1977 No. 11 >  March 17, 1977
APPROPRIATIONS - LEGISLATURE - STATE AGENCIES - ADOPTION OF BIENNIAL BUDGET
APPROPRIATIONS ‑- LEGISLATURE ‑- STATE AGENCIES ‑- ADOPTION OF BIENNIAL BUDGET Legal consequences of a failure by the legislature to adopt a biennial state budget prior to the commencement of the fiscal period to be covered thereby.
AGO 2009 No. 1 >  March 5, 2009
STATE AGENCIES - STATUTORY AUTHORITY - EMPLOYEES
Authority of Public Works Board over staff assigned to it by the Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development The Public Works Board lacks the statutory authority to hire, supervise, evaluate, transfer, and fire staff assigned to it by the Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development.
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