ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE
Filed July 11, 2008,
NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OPINION
WASHINGTON ATTORNEY GENERAL
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agencies, state legislators, and county prosecuting attorneys.
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The attorney general's office seeks public input on the
following opinion request(s):
Opinion Docket No. 08-07-03, Request by Michael Murphy, State
1. Does the maximum occupancy-cost-per-square-foot
provision of subsection (8) of the authorizing
legislation apply to all or only to some of the proposed
2. In calculating the occupancy cost-per-square-foot,
must the calculation be performed on both a square foot
AND a per-employee basis?
3. In adjusting lease rates for "level of service" for
comparison purposes, are capital facilities or quality of
facilities appropriately treated as "services" under the
4. Is there any ultimate cap on either the occupancy cost
or the total dollar cost of the facilities to be
5. What are the legal consequences, if any, of an
"inaccurate" certification by OFM?
6. May the State Treasurer reject the OFM certification?
7. What criteria should the State Finance Committee use
to determine whether it is "reasonably certain" that the
proposed financing lease is not state debt?
8. Is the proposed financing lease a "financial contract"
under RCW 39.94, and could it create "state debt"?
9 Do some of the characteristics of the proposed
transaction make it more akin to the unsuccessful attempt
to avoid state debt in the 1955 State Building Financing
10. Does article VIII, section 1(h) of the Washington
Constitution affect the legality of the Department of
Information Services' payment of rental amounts under the
proposed financing lease?
11. Do public works bidding laws apply to the
construction of the facilities to be leased to the state?
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