Policy Analysis | May 2014

Rent for Non-Legislative Organizations in State Capitols

Anne Roberts Brody

In a recent information request, the SLC was tasked with identifying state policies on rent for non-legislative organizations inside state capitols. We partnered with the National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA) to conduct a multi-state survey. The results of the survey, displayed below, revealed that these policies are as different as the states that craft them.

Does your State and/or department charge rent to non-legislative organizations and authorities who occupy office space in State Capitols?
State Response
Arizona Yes, the State of Arizona, through its Department of Administration, charges rent for the buildings under its jurisdiction to Arizona’s state agencies, boards, and commissions except the Legislative branch pursuant to statute.
Connecticut The Department of Administrative Services does not have care and custody of the State Capitol Building; per the response, no non-legislative organization has space within the State Capitol.
Idaho The Department of Administration charges rent to cover managing the Capitol. This includes Elected Officials, the Legislature, state agencies, and organizations.
Kentucky Yes
Maine No
Minnesota Yes. Minnesota charges a lease rate to non-legislative entities that occupy the Capitol Building.
Nebraska The State Capitol houses all three branches of government and none of the branches, agencies, or departments are charged rent.  Operations are funded through an appropriation from the State’s General Fund.
New Hampshire The cost for all the space in the State Capitol is included in the building operating budget 100% general funds.  As such, no one is charged rent in the State Capitol, either legislative or executive.
Oklahoma Only one. A barber shop has a $10 a month lease.

The following entities are charged for rent in the State Capitol:

  • Governor’s Office
  • State Treasurer
  • Comptroller of the Treasury
  • Secretary of State
  • Finance and Administration
The Legislature also pays rent for the space they occupy in the War Memorial Building, Legislative Plaza, and Rachel Jackson Building.

(Anthony Ifie with Enterprise Services)

Yes. There are five non-legislative organizations and authorities that occupy office space on the Washington State Capitol Campus (2 news organizations, one lobby consortium, and a tribal nonprofit organization, and a visitor bureau) and they all pay rent.

(Jordan Friedberg with Enterprise Services)

All organizations renting any kind of space in the State Capitol are charged rent, regardless if they are legislative organizations, non-legislative organizations, state agencies, or private organizations.
West Virginia

Some, but not all, non-legislative entities occupying space in our State Capitol are charged rent.  These entities are:

  • WV Board of Social Work
  • Department of Revenue, State Tax Department
  • Department of Military Affairs
  • General Services
  • Department of Administration
  • Division of Protective Services
Many of the agencies / departments not being charged are exempted by statute.
Wisconsin No. The entire State Capitol building is rent-free.