SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1852







                        52nd Legislature

                      1991 Regular Session



Passed by the House March 19, 1991

  Yeas 73   Nays 25




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate April 11, 1991

  Yeas 25   Nays 18




President of the Senate












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 1852 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                                      Chief Clerk











                        Secretary of State   

                       State of Washington  




                            SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1852



                             AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


                     Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By House Committee on Revenue (originally sponsored by Representatives Wang and Holland; by request of Department of Community Development and Office of Financial Management).


Read first time March 5, 1991.  Providing funding for the fire services fund.

     AN ACT Relating to establishing and providing partial funding for the fire services trust fund; amending RCW 70.77.325 and 70.77.345; adding new sections to chapter 43.63A RCW; adding a new section to chapter 70.77 RCW; creating a new section; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.




     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.      It is necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the state of Washington that fire code enforcement, public education on fire prevention, fire training for fire and emergency response personnel, and administration of these activities be funded in a dependable manner.  It is therefore the intent of the legislature to establish a fund for these purposes.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.      The fire services trust fund is created in the state treasury.  All receipts designated by the legislature shall be deposited in the fund.  Appropriations from the fund may be made exclusively for the purposes specified in section 3 of this act.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.      Money from the fire services trust fund may be expended for the following purposes:

     (1) Training of fire service personnel, including both classroom and hands-on training at the state fire training center or other locations approved by the director through the director of fire protection services;

     (2) Maintenance and operation at the state's fire training center near North Bend.  If in the future the state builds other fire training centers a portion of these moneys may be used for the maintenance and operation at these centers;

     (3) Lease or purchase of equipment for use in the provisions of training to fire service personnel;

     (4) Grants to local entities to allow them to perform their functions under this section;

     (5) Costs of administering these programs under this section;

     (6) Licensing and enforcement of state laws governing the sales of fireworks; and

     (7) Development with the legal fireworks industry and funding of a state-wide public education program for fireworks safety.


     Sec. 4.  RCW 70.77.325 and 1986 c 266 s 103 are each amended to read as follows:

     (1) Application for a license shall be made annually by every person holding an existing license who wishes to continue the activity requiring the license.  The application shall be accompanied by the annual license fees as prescribed in section 6 of this act and RCW 70.77.340.

     (2) A person applying for an annual license as a retailer under this chapter shall file an application by June 10 of the current year.  The director of community development, through the director of fire protection, shall grant or deny the license within fifteen days of receipt of the application.

     (3) A person applying for an annual license as a manufacturer, importer, or wholesaler under this chapter shall file an application by January 31 of the current year.  The director of community development, through the director of fire protection, shall grant or deny the license within ninety days of receipt of the application.


     Sec. 5.  RCW 70.77.345 and 1982 c 230 s 25 are each amended to read as follows:

     The license fees shall be for the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st or for the remaining portion thereof.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 6.  A new section is added to chapter 70.77 RCW to read as follows:

     License fees, in addition to the fees in RCW 70.77.340, shall be charged as follows:

     Manufacturer ..................................... $1,500.00

     Importer .........................................    900.00

     Wholesaler .......................................  1,000.00

     Retailer (for each separate outlet) ..............     30.00

     Public display for special fireworks .............     40.00

     Pyrotechnic operator for special fireworks .......      5.00

     (2) All receipts from the license fees in this section shall be placed in the fire services trust fund.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 7.      Sections 2 and 3 of this act are each added to chapter 43.63A RCW.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 8.      This act is necessary for the 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.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 9.      If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.