January 31st – 2013 Regular Legislative Session Day 18

I started the day with a Local Government Committee meeting where we took executive action (voted to move bills out of committee) on nine bills. The nine bills were:

House Bill 1049 concerning the administration and operation of flood control districts.

House Bill 1090 increasing the dollar amount for construction of a dock that does not qualify as a substantial development under the Shoreline Management Act.

House Bill 1158 related to the annexation of property owned by the state for military purposes. The title of this bill is a little deceiving, as it only allows the Adjunct General to sign annexation petitions and still requires the normal annexation process be followed.

House Bill 1179 which revises the lien for collection of sewer charges by counties.

House Bill 1185 concerns the equitable allocation of auditor costs.

House Bill 1207 related to the formation requirements for cemetery districts.

House Bill 1217 strengthening the integrity, fairness and equity in Washington’s property assessment system. This is another bill in which the title is misleading. The bill requires appellants challenging the assessed value of commercial property to provide a county assessor with income and expense statements for the three years prior to the assessment date. The statements must be provided to the assessor within 60 days from the appellant filing his or her petition.

House Bill 1239 related to the powers of water-sewer districts. The original bill was very broadly written, but an amendment which passed in committee, narrows the bill considerably.

House Bill 1241 which authorizes water-sewer districts, in addition to cities and towns, to fix and determine the amount of a public works contractor’s surety bond and to whom the bond shall run.

I’m in the Government Operations and Elections Committee now where we’re hearing three bills today. House Bill 1162, which is a bill introduced by Rep. Jason Overstreet, enacts the Regulatory Fairness Act of 2013. The bill specifically requires agencies to consider economic impacts when doing rule-making. Amazingly, only State Agencies are here to testify against the bill.

We’re also hearing House Bill 1197 concerning open public meetings and requiring government bodies to accept public testimony before taking action. I agree with the intent of the bill, but when asked for examples of actions that can be taken without public testimony the prime sponsor was able to provide one.

The final bill we’re hearing today is House Joint Resolution 4204 which proposes an amendment to the state’s Constitution requiring legislative approval of certain agency rules.

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