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                                 SENATE BILL 5620



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Senators McCaslin and Madsen; by request of Secretary of State.


Read first time February 12, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Governmental Operations.Changing the allocation of election costs for certain years.

     AN ACT Relating to election costs; amending RCW 29.13.047; and providing an effective date.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 29.13.047 and 1985 c 45 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

     (1) Whenever ((state officers)) federal offices, state-wide offices, legislative offices, or state measures are voted upon at a state primary, special election, or state general election ((held in an odd-numbered year under RCW 29.13.010)), the state of Washington shall assume a prorated share of the costs of that state primary, special election, or state general election.

     (2) Whenever a primary or vacancy election is held to fill a vacancy in the position of United States senator or United States representative under chapter 29.68 RCW, the state of Washington shall assume a prorated share of the costs of that primary or vacancy election.

     (3) The county auditor shall apportion the state's share of these expenses when prorating election costs under RCW 29.13.045 and shall file ((such)) the appropriate expense claims with the secretary of state.

     (4) For the state primaries and general elections in 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000 only, the secretary of state shall reimburse counties for the following proportions of that share of the costs of these primaries and elections that the state would otherwise be required to pay under subsection (1) of this section:

     (a) For 1994, twenty percent;

     (b) For 1996, forty percent;

     (c) For 1998, sixty percent; and

     (d) For 2000, eighty percent.

     (5) The secretary of state shall include in his or her biennial budget requests sufficient funds to carry out this section.  Reimbursements for election costs shall be from appropriations specifically provided by law for that purpose.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.      This act shall take effect January 1, 1994.