SENATE BILL 5088
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Senators Talmadge, Skratek, A. Smith and Rasmussen.
Read first time January 18, 1991. Referred to Committee on Governmental Operations.
AN ACT Relating to public disclosure of gifts to public officials; and amending RCW 42.17.020 and 42.17.241.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 42.17.020 and 1990 c 139 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) "Agency" includes all state agencies and all local agencies. "State agency" includes every state office, department, division, bureau, board, commission, or other state agency. "Local agency" includes every county, city, town, municipal corporation, quasi-municipal corporation, or special purpose district, or any office, department, division, bureau, board, commission, or agency thereof, or other local public agency.
(2) "Ballot proposition" means any "measure" as defined by RCW 29.01.110, or any initiative, recall, or referendum proposition proposed to be submitted to the voters of the state or any municipal corporation, political subdivision, or other voting constituency from and after the time when the proposition has been initially filed with the appropriate election officer of that constituency prior to its circulation for signatures.
(3) "Depository" means a bank designated by a candidate or political committee pursuant to RCW 42.17.050.
(4) "Treasurer" and "deputy treasurer" mean the individuals appointed by a candidate or political committee, pursuant to RCW 42.17.050, to perform the duties specified in that section.
(5) "Candidate" means any individual who seeks election to public office. An individual shall be deemed to seek election when he or she first:
(a) Receives contributions or makes expenditures or reserves space or facilities with intent to promote his or her candidacy for office; or
(b) Announces publicly or files for office.
(6) "Commercial advertiser" means any person who sells the service of communicating messages or producing printed material for broadcast or distribution to the general public or segments of the general public whether through the use of newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, billboard companies, direct mail advertising companies, printing companies, or otherwise.
(7) "Commission" means the agency established under RCW 42.17.350.
(8) "Compensation" unless the context requires a narrower meaning, includes payment in any form for real or personal property or services of any kind: PROVIDED, That for the purpose of compliance with RCW 42.17.241, the term "compensation" shall not include per diem allowances or other payments made by a governmental entity to reimburse a public official for expenses incurred while the official is engaged in the official business of the governmental entity.
(9) "Continuing political committee" means a political committee that is an organization of continuing existence not established in anticipation of any particular election campaign.
(10) "Contribution" includes a loan, gift, deposit, subscription, forgiveness of indebtedness, donation, advance, pledge, payment, transfer of funds between political committees, or transfer of anything of value, including personal and professional services for less than full consideration, but does not include interest on moneys deposited in a political committee's account, ordinary home hospitality and the rendering of personal services of the sort commonly performed by volunteer campaign workers, or incidental expenses personally incurred by volunteer campaign workers not in excess of fifty dollars personally paid for by the worker. Volunteer services, for the purposes of this chapter, means services or labor for which the individual is not compensated by any person. For the purposes of this chapter, contributions other than money or its equivalents shall be deemed to have a money value equivalent to the fair market value of the contribution. Sums paid for tickets to fund-raising events such as dinners and parties are contributions; however, the amount of any such contribution may be reduced for the purpose of complying with the reporting requirements of this chapter, by the actual cost of consumables furnished in connection with the purchase of the tickets, and only the excess over the actual cost of the consumables shall be deemed a contribution.
(11) "Elected official" means any person elected at a general or special election to any public office, and any person appointed to fill a vacancy in any such office.
(12) "Election" includes any primary, general, or special election for public office and any election in which a ballot proposition is submitted to the voters: PROVIDED, That an election in which the qualifications for voting include other than those requirements set forth in Article VI, section 1 (Amendment 63) of the Constitution of the state of Washington shall not be considered an election for purposes of this chapter.
(13) "Election campaign" means any campaign in support of or in opposition to a candidate for election to public office and any campaign in support of, or in opposition to, a ballot proposition.
(14) "Expenditure" includes a payment, contribution, subscription, distribution, loan, advance, deposit, or gift of money or anything of value, and includes a contract, promise, or agreement, whether or not legally enforceable, to make an expenditure. The term "expenditure" also includes a promise to pay, a payment, or a transfer of anything of value in exchange for goods, services, property, facilities, or anything of value for the purpose of assisting, benefiting, or honoring any public official or candidate, or assisting in furthering or opposing any election campaign. For the purposes of this chapter, agreements to make expenditures, contracts, and promises to pay may be reported as estimated obligations until actual payment is made. The term "expenditure" shall not include the partial or complete repayment by a candidate or political committee of the principal of a loan, the receipt of which loan has been properly reported.
(15) "Final report" means the report described as a final report in RCW 42.17.080(2).
(16) "Gift" means a rendering of money, property, services, discount, loan forgiveness, payment of indebtedness, reimbursements from or payments by persons, other than the state of Washington or any agency or political subdivision thereof, for travel or anything else of value in excess of ten dollars in return for which legal consideration of equal or greater value is not given and received but does not include:
(a) Any contribution that is required to be reported under RCW 42.17.090 or 42.17.243;
(b) Any informational material that is transferred for the purpose of informing the recipient about matters pertaining to official agency business, and that is not intended to financially benefit that recipient;
(c) Any symbolic presentation that is not intended to financially benefit the recipient;
(d) Any honorarium that is required to be reported under this chapter;
(e) Any hosting in the form of entertainment, meals, or refreshments, the value of which does not exceed one hundred dollars, furnished in connection with official appearances, official ceremonies, and occasions where official agency business is discussed;
(f) Gifts that are not used and that, within thirty days after receipt, are returned to the donor or delivered to a charitable organization without being claimed as a charitable contribution for tax purposes;
(g) Intrafamily gifts; or
(h) Gifts received in the normal course of private business or social interaction that are not related to public policy decisions or agency actions.
(17) "Immediate family" includes the spouse, dependent children, and other dependent relatives, if living in the household.
(18) "Legislation" means bills, resolutions, motions,
amendments, nominations, and other matters pending or proposed in either house
of the state legislature, and includes any other matter that may be the subject
of action by either house or any committee of the legislature and all bills and
resolutions that, having passed both houses, are pending approval by the
(19) "Lobby" and "lobbying" each mean attempting to
influence the passage or defeat of any legislation by the legislature of the
state of Washington, or the adoption or rejection of any rule, standard, rate,
or other legislative enactment of any state agency under the state
Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05 RCW. Neither "lobby" nor
"lobbying" includes an association's or other organization's act of
communicating with the members of that association or organization.
(20) "Lobbyist" includes any person who lobbies either in his or
her own or another's behalf.
(21) "Lobbyist's employer" means the person or persons by whom
a lobbyist is employed and all persons by whom he or she is compensated
for acting as a lobbyist.
(22) "Person" includes an individual, partnership, joint
venture, public or private corporation, association, federal, state, or local
governmental entity or agency however constituted, candidate, committee,
political committee, political party, executive committee thereof, or any other
organization or group of persons, however organized.
(23) "Person in interest" means the person who is the subject
of a record or any representative designated by that person, except that if
that person is under a legal disability, the term "person in
interest" means and includes the parent or duly appointed legal
(24) "Political advertising" includes any advertising
displays, newspaper ads, billboards, signs, brochures, articles, tabloids, flyers,
letters, radio or television presentations, or other means of mass
communication, used for the purpose of appealing, directly or indirectly, for
votes or for financial or other support in any election campaign.
(25) "Political committee" means any person (except a
candidate or an individual dealing with his or her own funds or
property) having the expectation of receiving contributions or making
expenditures in support of, or opposition to, any candidate or any ballot
(26) "Public office" means any federal, state, county, city,
town, school district, port district, special district, or other state
political subdivision elective office.
(27) "Public record" includes any writing containing
information relating to the conduct of government or the performance of any
governmental or proprietary function prepared, owned, used, or retained by any
state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics.
(28) "Surplus funds" mean, in the case of a political
committee or candidate, the balance of contributions that remain in the
possession or control of that committee or candidate subsequent to the election
for which the contributions were received, and that are in excess of the amount
necessary to pay remaining debts incurred by the committee or candidate prior
to that election. In the case of a continuing political committee,
"surplus funds" mean those contributions remaining in the possession
or control of the committee that are in excess of the amount necessary to pay
all remaining debts when it makes its final report under RCW 42.17.065.
(29) "Writing" means handwriting, typewriting, printing,
photostating, photographing, and every other means of recording any form of
communication or representation, including letters, words, pictures, sounds, or
symbols, or combination thereof, and all papers, maps, magnetic or paper tapes,
photographic films and prints, magnetic or punched cards, discs, drums, and
As used in this chapter, the singular shall take the plural and any gender, the other, as the context requires.
Sec. 2. RCW 42.17.241 and 1984 c 34 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The statement of financial affairs required by RCW 42.17.240 shall disclose for the reporting individual and each member of his or her immediate family:
(a) Occupation, name of employer, and business address; and
(b) Each bank or savings account or insurance policy in which any such person or persons owned a direct financial interest that exceeded five thousand dollars at any time during the reporting period; each other item of intangible personal property in which any such person or persons owned a direct financial interest, the value of which exceeded five hundred dollars during the reporting period; the name, address, and nature of the entity; and the nature and highest value of each such direct financial interest during the reporting period; and
(c) The name and address of each creditor to whom the value of five hundred dollars or more was owed; the original amount of each debt to each such creditor; the amount of each debt owed to each creditor as of the date of filing; the terms of repayment of each such debt; and the security given, if any, for each such debt: PROVIDED, That debts arising out of a "retail installment transaction" as defined in chapter 63.14 RCW (Retail Installment Sales Act) need not be reported; and
(d) Every public or private office, directorship, and position held as trustee; and
(e) All persons for whom any legislation, rule, rate, or standard has been prepared, promoted, or opposed for current or deferred compensation: PROVIDED, That for the purposes of this subsection, "compensation" does not include payments made to the person reporting by the governmental entity for which such person serves as an elected official or state executive officer or professional staff member for his or her service in office; the description of such actual or proposed legislation, rules, rates, or standards; and the amount of current or deferred compensation paid or promised to be paid; and
(f) The name and address of each governmental entity, corporation, partnership, joint venture, sole proprietorship, association, union, or other business or commercial entity from whom compensation has been received in any form of a total value of five hundred dollars or more; the value of the compensation; and the consideration given or performed in exchange for the compensation; and
(g) The name of any corporation, partnership, joint venture, association, union, or other entity in which is held any office, directorship, or any general partnership interest, or an ownership interest of ten percent or more; the name or title of that office, directorship, or partnership; the nature of ownership interest; and with respect to each such entity: (i) With respect to a governmental unit in which the official seeks or holds any office or position, if the entity has received compensation in any form during the preceding twelve months from the governmental unit, the value of the compensation and the consideration given or performed in exchange for the compensation; (ii) the name of each governmental unit, corporation, partnership, joint venture, sole proprietorship, association, union, or other business or commercial entity from which the entity has received compensation in any form in the amount of two thousand five hundred dollars or more during the preceding twelve months and the consideration given or performed in exchange for the compensation: PROVIDED, That the term "compensation" for purposes of this subsection (1)(g)(ii) does not include payment for water and other utility services at rates approved by the Washington state utilities and transportation commission or the legislative authority of the public entity providing the service: PROVIDED, FURTHER, That with respect to any bank or commercial lending institution in which is held any office, directorship, partnership interest, or ownership interest, it shall only be necessary to report either the name, address, and occupation of every director and officer of the bank or commercial lending institution and the average monthly balance of each account held during the preceding twelve months by the bank or commercial lending institution from the governmental entity for which the individual is an official or candidate or professional staff member, or all interest paid by a borrower on loans from and all interest paid to a depositor by the bank or commercial lending institution if the interest exceeds six hundred dollars; and
(h) A list, including legal or other sufficient descriptions as prescribed by the commission, of all real property in the state of Washington, the assessed valuation of which exceeds two thousand five hundred dollars in which any direct financial interest was acquired during the preceding calendar year, and a statement of the amount and nature of the financial interest and of the consideration given in exchange for that interest; and
(i) A list, including legal or other sufficient descriptions as prescribed by the commission, of all real property in the state of Washington, the assessed valuation of which exceeds two thousand five hundred dollars in which any direct financial interest was divested during the preceding calendar year, and a statement of the amount and nature of the consideration received in exchange for that interest, and the name and address of the person furnishing the consideration; and
(j) A list, including legal or other sufficient descriptions as prescribed by the commission, of all real property in the state of Washington, the assessed valuation of which exceeds two thousand five hundred dollars in which a direct financial interest was held: PROVIDED, That if a description of the property has been included in a report previously filed, the property may be listed, for purposes of this provision, by reference to the previously filed report; and
(k) A list, including legal or other sufficient descriptions as prescribed by the commission, of all real property in the state of Washington, the assessed valuation of which exceeds five thousand dollars, in which a corporation, partnership, firm, enterprise, or other entity had a direct financial interest, in which corporation, partnership, firm, or enterprise a ten percent or greater ownership interest was held; and
(l) The name and address of each person who has made one or more gifts, together with a description of each gift including its monetary value, the date of the gift, and the aggregate value of all gifts received from each person during the reporting period; and
(m) Such other information as the commission may deem necessary in order to properly carry out the purposes and policies of this chapter, as the commission shall prescribe by rule.
Where an amount is required to be reported under subsection (1)((
paragraphs)) (a) through (k) of this section, it shall be sufficient to
comply with the requirement to report whether the amount is less than one
thousand dollars, at least one thousand dollars but less than five thousand
dollars, at least five thousand dollars but less than ten thousand dollars, at
least ten thousand dollars but less than twenty-five thousand dollars, or
twenty-five thousand dollars or more. An amount of stock may be reported by
number of shares instead of by market value. No provision of this subsection
may be interpreted to prevent any person from filing more information or more
detailed information than required.