INTERPRETIVE OR POLICY STATEMENT
In accordance with RCW 8.25.290 (4)(b), following is the interpretive statement by the office of the Washington state attorney general.
required -- "Final action" defined.
Subject: Condemnation "final action" definition.
Effective Date: February 15, 2010.
Document Description: The legislature has directed the attorney general's office (AGO) to publish procedures that define "final action" for state agencies not subject to the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) (chapter 42.30 RCW) in order "to ensure that property owners of record are provided with notice and opportunity for comment before the agency makes a final decision to authorize the condemnation of specific property." RCW 8.25.290 (4)(b). The AGO hereby defines "final action" as the action taken by the agency officer or employee with the highest level of authority to approve or deny a proposed decision to proceed with the condemnation of a specific property. This definition applies only to select state agencies not subject to the OPMA, chapter 42.30 RCW.
To receive a copy of the interpretive or policy statements, contact Tim Ford, Ombudsman for the Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-000 [98504-0100], phone (360) 586-4802, fax (360) 664-0228, e-mail TimF@atg.wa.gov, web site http://www.atg.wa.gov. This interpretive statement may also be viewed at http://www.atg.wa.gov/Eminent_Domain.aspx.