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Office of Attorney General

  Average Annual FTEs Near General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Current Budget 1,212.7 29,912 311,219 341,131
2019-21 Maintenance Level 1,224.9 29,905 316,470 346,375
Difference from 2017-19 12.2 (7) 5,251 5,244
% Change from 2017-19 1.0% (0.0%) 1.7% 1.5%

2019-21 Policy Other Changes

MSA Diligent Enforcement 4.5 1,216 0 1,216
Child Permanency & Child Welfare 14.4 0 3,817 3,817
Domestic Worker Protections 0.0 70 0 70
HITS Restoration & Cold Case 1.5 647 0 647
Paid Family Medical Leave 0.0 0 1,737 1,737
Secure Scheduling 0.0 0 22 22
2019-21 Policy Other Changes Total 20.4 1,933 5,576 7,509

2019-21 Policy Comp Changes

AWAAG-WFSE Collective Bargaining 0.0 751 4,841 5,592
Non-Rep Targeted Pay Increases 0.0 0 207 207
PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase 0.0 6 42 48
2019-21 Policy Comp Changes Total 0.0 757 5,090 5,847

2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes

Archives/Records Management 0.0 1 11 12
DES Central Services 0.0 2 18 20
OFM Central Services 0.0 25 259 284
2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes Total 0.0 28 288 316
Total Policy Changes 20.4 2,718 10,954 13,672
2019-21 Policy Level 1,245.3 32,623 327,424 360,047
Difference from 2017-19 32.6 2,711 16,205 18,916
% Change from 2017-19 2.7% 9.1% 5.2% 5.5%

Policy Changes

DES Central Services

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of charges from the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) for campus rent, utilities, parking, and contracts; capital project surcharges; financing cost recovery; public and historic facilities; real estate services; risk management services; personnel service rates; the Perry Street child care center; small agency services; and the department’s enterprise applications. (General Fund - State, Legal Services Revolving Account - State)

OFM Central Services

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of charges from the Office of Financial Management (OFM) for statewide financial applications, One Washington, and other OFM central services. (General Fund - State, Legal Services Revolving Account - State, Public Service Revolving Account - State, other funds)

MSA Diligent Enforcement

Funding is provided for the Office of the Attorney General (ATG) to diligently enforce tobacco escrow requirements under the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with major tobacco companies. For each tobacco sales year, $14 million is placed in escrow under the MSA. The state will receive this escrow payment if it is determined in an arbitration that the state diligently enforced its obligations under the MSA for that year. Each arbitration typically addresses one sales year; the next arbitration will address three sales years at once, requiring additional legal resources for the ATG. (General Fund - State)

Child Permanency & Child Welfare

Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs) handling child welfare cases currently experience unmanageable caseloads. Additional attorneys and support staff are required to reduce the number of cases handled by each attorney. Funding is provided for the Attorney General's Office to achieve staffing levels sufficient to better protect children from abuse and neglect and achieve timely permanency for foster children. (Legal Services Revolving Account - State)

Domestic Worker Protections

Domestic workers, such as nannies, care providers and housekeepers, have historically been excluded from basic labor protections. Attorney General request legislation will be introduced in the 2020 legislative session that would provide health, safety, wage protections and general welfare guarantees for domestic workers. If passed, funding is provided for the Attorney General to fulfill its obligations in implementing this legislation, which includes convening a work group to examine topics such as expansion of paid sick leave, rights and benefits, and other protections for domestic workers. (General Fund - State)

HITS Restoration & Cold Case

The Legislature invested more than $10 million in the 2019-21 biennium to process a large-scale backlog of untested sexual assault kits. Testing this backlog of approximately 10,000 kits will likely produce new evidence in hundreds of open cold case sexual assaults that must be entered into the Homicide Investigation Tracking System (HITS). The funding provided will create the capacity necessary to prevent this new evidence from languishing by working with local law enforcement and victims of crime through a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach. (General Fund - State)

Paid Family Medical Leave

Funding is provided for the Office of the Attorney General to assist the Employment Security Department with legal services related to the creation and implementation of the Paid Family Medical Leave program. (Legal Services Revolving Account - State)

Secure Scheduling

Senate Bill 5717, introduced in the 2019 legislative session, creates a comprehensive program for certain employees regarding their work schedules. Funding is provided for legal services to the Department of Labor and Industries if this bill is enacted in the 2020 legislative session. (Legal Services Revolving Account - State)

AWAAG-WFSE Collective Bargaining

This item funds a collective bargaining agreement reached with the Association of Washington Assistant Attorney Generals (AWAAG). Provisions include a revised salary schedule, payment of Washington State Bar Association dues, and additional pay for duties as acting division chiefs. (Anti-Trust Revolving Account - Non-Appropriated, General Fund - State, Legal Services Revolving Account - State, other funds)

Non-Rep Targeted Pay Increases

This funds a revised salary schedule and payment of Washington State Bar Association dues for assistant attorneys general who are excluded from coverage under collective bargaining statutes. (Legal Services Revolving Account - State)

PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase

For eligible Public Employees' and Teachers' Retirement Systems Plan 1 members, this item provides an increase of 1.5 percent, up to a maximum of $22 per month. (General Fund - State, Legal Services Revolving Account - State, Medicaid Fraud Penalty Account - State, other funds)

Archives/Records Management

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of state archiving and state records center costs from the Secretary of State’s Office. (General Fund - State, Legal Services Revolving Account - State)