The Tolbert Report offers an explanation of what's up.
Here's the explanation I want: How did a Texas developer know that a complicated move was afoot to shuffle legislative staff into Big Mac, get new offices for House members and shuffle state agencies out of Big Mac, which would — mirabile dictu — be provided for by a wonderfully renovated new office building that just happened to be available from the Texas developer who made a wise speculative investment. I wrote about this $35 million House aggrandizement project long ago (though I agree that this is a fine new home for the state Library, AEDC and others.)
Is it really true that the swingman on the real estate portion of the deal was Steve Faris, the term-limited senator? He's functioned in recent years as a sort of an in-chamber rep for some small phone companies, but now that he no longer has a vote he's found other work. Guess what? He's going on the Senate payroll, just like I told you weeks ago. I hear he griped to other reporters at the time that I didn't know what I was talking about and hadn't talked to him about the report. It's true. I didn't talk to him. Why waste space on an inaccurate denial?