Type Advisory Opinion 
Date 4/18/1996 
Number 96-05 
Topic Private Use of Public resources - Book on Legislative Process 
Respondent  
Issue/Question
Legislative employee seeks permission to use public resources to update a new edition of a book he wrote on legislative process.  He would receive no compensation through his contract with the University of WA Press and the publisher will provide free copies for the state library and the legislature.
Summary
Whether an employee may prepare such publications depends on whether he has official authorization from his employer and if he does then he may use his state computer in the manner specified in the question.  Informing the public on the workings of the legislative branch is an important function.  RCW's 42.52.020, 42.52.070, 42.52.120 and 42.52.160.
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