All state elective and appointive officers shall keep their offices open for the transaction of business from eight o'clock a.m. to five o'clock p.m. of each business day from Monday through Friday, state legal holidays excepted. On Saturday, such offices may be closed.
This section shall not apply to the courts of record of this state or to their officers nor to the office of the attorney general and the lieutenant governor.
It seems like a pretty straightforward contradiction, when entire agency buildings will be slumbering on Fridays, namely the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Archeology and Historic Preservation, and Community, Trade and Economic Development.
When I asked budget director Victor Moore about it, he summed up the reasoning quickly: "We're not shutting down an agency."
Both VA and CTED have field offices that will continue to conduct agency business on Fridays. Archeology Director Allyson Brooks was the most gung-ho about a four-day week, but even her 25-person department will be operating at some level five days a week.
"I don't think it's exactly going to be three day weekend," she said, adding, "At least on Fridays I can do a lot of my work at home drinking our coffee."
So, does that address the statute or not, legal eagles?