CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1800
1991 Regular Session
Passed by the House March 19, 1991
Yeas 88 Nays 10
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 10, 1991
Yeas 43 Nays 0
President of the Senate
Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.
Governor of the State of Washington
I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1800 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Secretary of State
State of Washington
SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1800
Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By House Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Fraser, Ballard, Van Luven, Ebersole, Anderson, McLean, Jacobsen, Cantwell, Ferguson, Belcher, Rasmussen, Wang, Locke, Winsley, Paris, Phillips and Wineberry).
Read first time March 1, 1991.
AN ACT Relating to international relations and protocol; amending RCW 43.31.145; adding a new chapter to Title 43 RCW; creating new sections; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature finds that it is in the public interest to create an office of international relations and protocol in order to: Make international relations and protocol a broad-based, focused, and functional part of state government; develop and promote state policies that increase international literacy and cross-cultural understanding among Washington state's citizens; expand Washington state's international cooperation role in such areas as the environment, education, science, culture, and sports; establish coordinated methods for responding to the increasing number of inquiries by foreign governments and institutions seeking cooperative activities within Washington state; provide leadership in state government on international relations and assistance to the legislature and state elected officials on international issues affecting the state; assist with multistate international efforts; and coordinate and improve communication and resource sharing among various state offices, agencies, and educational institutions with international programs.
It is the purpose of this chapter to bring these functions together in a new office under the office of the governor in order to establish a visible, coordinated, and comprehensive approach to international relations and protocol.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. The office of international relations and protocol is created under the office of the governor. The office shall serve as the state's official liaison and protocol office with foreign governments. The governor shall appoint a director of the office of international relations and protocol, who shall serve at the pleasure of the governor. Because of the diplomatic character of this office, the director and staff will be exempt from the provisions of chapter 41.06 RCW. The director will be paid a salary to be fixed by the governor in accordance with the provisions of RCW 43.03.040. The director may hire such personnel as may be necessary for the general administration of the office. To the extent permitted by law, state agencies may temporarily loan staff to the office of international relations and protocol to assist in carrying out the office's duties and responsibilities under this chapter. An arrangement to temporarily loan staff must have the approval of the staff members to be loaned and the directors of the office and the agencies involved in the loan.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. The office of international relations and protocol shall:
(1) Advise and assist the governor, the legislature, and other independently elected officials on international developments that may affect the state.
(2) Serve as a resource and clearinghouse for information on international activities within state government, including higher education.
(3) Coordinate protocol for foreign dignitaries visiting the governor, the legislature, the judiciary, and other state offices and agencies.
(4) Coordinate protocol for state officials visiting with foreign officials and delegations.
(5) Advise and assist state government with its protocol needs.
(6) Coordinate the state's existing sister state relationships with Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, and Sichuan Province, China. The office shall assist with development of additional sister state relationships, as appropriate, and coordinate with the Hyogo cultural center in Seattle, Washington.
(7) Consult with and assist Washington state cities and counties in the formation of sister cities or sister counties in other countries.
(8) Serve as principal liaison between the governor, the legislature, and other offices of state government, and the Seattle consular corps and diplomatic offices serving Washington state in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C.
(9) Advise and assist the governor and legislature with their participation in the Pacific Northwest economic community.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. The office of international relations and protocol may:
(1) Create temporary advisory committees as necessary to deal with specific international issues. Advisory committee representation may include external organizations such as the Seattle consular corps, world affairs councils, public ports, world trade organizations, private nonprofit organizations dealing with international education or international environmental issues, organizations concerned with international understanding, businesses with experience in international relations, or other organizations deemed appropriate by the director.
(2) Accept or request grants or gifts from citizens and other private sources to be used to defray the costs of appropriate hosting of foreign dignitaries, including appropriate gift-giving and reciprocal gift-giving, or other activities of the office. The office shall open and maintain a bank account into which it shall deposit all money received under this subsection. Such money and the interest accruing thereon shall not constitute public funds, shall be kept segregated and apart from funds of the state, and shall not be subject to appropriation or allotment by the state or subject to chapter 43.88 RCW.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. There is established internal to state government an international relations advisory committee to the office of international relations and protocol. The purpose of the advisory committee is to advise the office of international relations and protocol on matters pertaining to state and local government, including state and local government policy and resource coordination, and to otherwise facilitate the operation of the office. The advisory committee shall consist of members appointed by the governor to include representation of the following interests: Trade, tourism, economic development, education, agriculture, fisheries, wildlife, and environmental interests. At least one member shall be a state-wide elected official from the executive branch other than the governor; one member shall represent the state judiciary; one member shall represent the governor; two members shall be members of the Washington state house of representatives; and two members shall be members of the Washington state senate. The advisory committee member representing the governor shall chair the advisory committee. The governor may appoint representatives of cities, counties, and port districts.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. Sections 1 through 5 of this act shall constitute a new chapter in Title 43 RCW.
Sec. 7. RCW 43.31.145 and 1985 c 466 s 18 are each amended to read as follows:
department is charged with the primary role within state government for the
establishment and operation of foreign offices created for the purpose of
promoting overseas trade and commerce. ((
The department shall serve as the
state's official liaison and protocol office with foreign governments.))
NEW SECTION. Sec. 8. All powers, duties, and functions of the office of international relations and protocol in the department of trade and economic development are transferred to the office of international relations and protocol under the office of the governor.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 9. All reports, documents, surveys, books, records, files, papers, or written material in the possession of the department of trade and economic development pertaining to the powers, functions, and duties transferred shall be delivered to the custody of the office of international relations and protocol. All cabinets, furniture, office equipment, motor vehicles, and other tangible property employed by the department of trade and economic development in carrying out the powers, functions, and duties transferred shall be made available to the office of international relations and protocol. All funds, credits, or other assets held in connection with the powers, functions, and duties transferred shall be assigned to the office of international relations and protocol.
Any appropriations made to the department of trade and economic development for carrying out the powers, functions, and duties transferred shall, on the effective date of this section, be transferred and credited to the office of international relations and protocol.
Whenever any question arises as to the transfer of any personnel, funds, books, documents, records, papers, files, equipment, or other tangible property used or held in the exercise of the powers and the performance of the duties and functions transferred, the director of financial management shall make a determination as to the proper allocation and certify the same to the state agencies concerned.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 10. All employees of the department of trade and economic development engaged in performing the powers, functions, and duties transferred are transferred to the jurisdiction of the office of international relations and protocol.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 11. All rules and all pending business before the department of trade and economic development pertaining to the powers, functions, and duties transferred shall be continued and acted upon by the office of international relations and protocol. All existing contracts and obligations shall remain in full force and shall be performed by the office of international relations and protocol.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 12. The transfer of the powers, duties, functions, and personnel of the department of trade and economic development shall not affect the validity of any act performed prior to the effective date of this section.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 13. If apportionments of budgeted funds are required because of the transfers directed by sections 9 through 12 of this act, the director of financial management shall certify the apportionments to the agencies affected, the state auditor, and the state treasurer. Each of these shall make the appropriate transfer and adjustments in funds and appropriation accounts and equipment records in accordance with the certification.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 14. Nothing contained in sections 8 through 13 of this act may be construed to alter any existing collective bargaining unit or the provisions of any existing collective bargaining agreement until the agreement has expired or until the bargaining unit has been modified by action of the personnel board as provided by law.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 15. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect July 1, 1991.