SENATE BILL 6250
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1992 Regular Session
By Senators Anderson, Owen, Newhouse and Rasmussen
Read first time 01/22/92. Referred to Committee on Governmental Operations.
AN ACT Relating to legislative activities of state agencies and employees; and amending RCW 42.17.190.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 42.17.190 and 1986 c 239 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Every legislator and every committee of the legislature shall file with the commission quarterly reports listing the names, addresses, and salaries of all persons employed by the person or committee making the filing for the purpose of aiding in the preparation or enactment of legislation or the performance of legislative duties of such legislator or committee during the preceding quarter. The reports shall be made in the form and the manner prescribed by the commission and shall be filed between the first and tenth days of each calendar quarter: PROVIDED, That the information required by this subsection may be supplied, insofar as it is available, by the chief clerk of the house of representatives or by the secretary of the senate on a form prepared by the commission.
(2) Unless authorized by subsection (3) of this section or otherwise expressly authorized by law, no public funds may be used directly or indirectly for lobbying: PROVIDED, This does not prevent officers or employees of an agency from communicating with a member of the legislature on the request of that member; or communicating to the legislature, through the proper official channels, requests for legislative action or appropriations which are deemed necessary for the efficient conduct of the public business or actually made in the proper performance of their official duties, and which comply with subsection (4) of this section: PROVIDED FURTHER, That this subsection does not apply to the legislative branch.
(3) Any agency, not otherwise expressly authorized by law, may expend public funds for lobbying, but such lobbying activity shall be limited to (a) providing information or communicating on matters pertaining to official agency business to any elected official or officer or employee of any agency or (b) advocating the official position or interests of the agency to any elected official or officer or employee of any agency: PROVIDED, That public funds may not be expended as a direct or indirect gift or campaign contribution to any elected official or officer or employee of any agency. For the purposes of this subsection, the term "gift" means a voluntary transfer of any thing of value without consideration of equal or greater value, but does not include informational material transferred for the sole purpose of informing the recipient about matters pertaining to official agency business: PROVIDED FURTHER, That this section does not permit the printing of a state publication which has been otherwise prohibited by law.
(4) No elective official or any employee of his or her office or any person appointed to or employed by any public office or agency may use or authorize the use of any of the facilities of a public office or agency, directly or indirectly, in any effort to support or oppose an initiative to the legislature. "Facilities of a public office or agency" has the same meaning as in RCW 42.17.130. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the following activities:
(a) Action taken at an open public meeting by members of an elected legislative body to express a collective decision, or to actually vote upon a motion, proposal, resolution, order, or ordinance, or to support or oppose an initiative to the legislature so long as (i) any required notice of the meeting includes the title and number of the initiative to the legislature, and (ii) members of the legislative body or members of the public are afforded an approximately equal opportunity for the expression of an opposing view;
(b) A statement by an elected official in support of or in opposition to any initiative to the legislature at an open press conference or in response to a specific inquiry;
(c) Activities which are part of the normal and regular conduct of the office or agency.
Each state agency, county, city, town, municipal corporation, quasi-municipal
corporation, or special purpose district which expends public funds for lobbying
shall file with the commission, except as exempted by (d) of this
subsection, quarterly statements providing the following information for the
quarter just completed: (a)
The name of the agency filing the statement; (b)
The name, title, and job description and salary of each elected official,
officer, or employee who lobbied, a general description of the nature of the
lobbying, and the proportionate amount of time spent on the lobbying; (c)
A listing of expenditures incurred by the agency for lobbying including but not
limited to travel, consultant or other special contractual services, and
brochures and other publications, the principal purpose of which is to
influence legislation; (d)
For purposes of this subsection the term "lobbying" does not include: (i)
Requests for appropriations by a state agency to the office of financial
management pursuant to chapter 43.88 RCW nor requests by the office of
financial management to the legislature for appropriations other than its own
agency budget requests; (ii)
Recommendations or reports to the legislature in response to a legislative
request expressly requesting or directing a specific study, recommendation, or
report by an agency on a particular subject; (iii)
Official reports including recommendations submitted to the legislature on an
annual or biennial basis by a state agency as required by law; (iv)
Requests, recommendations, or other communication between or within state
agencies or between or within local agencies; (v)
Any other lobbying to the extent that it includes: (A)
Telephone conversations or preparation of written correspondence; (B)
In-person lobbying on behalf of an agency of no more than four days or parts
thereof during any three-month period by officers or employees of that agency
and in-person lobbying by any elected official of such agency on behalf of such
agency or in connection with the powers, duties, or compensation of such
official: PROVIDED, That the total expenditures of nonpublic funds made in
connection with such lobbying for or on behalf of any one or more members of
the legislature or state elected officials or public officers or employees of
the state of Washington do not exceed fifteen dollars for any three-month
period: PROVIDED FURTHER, That the exemption under this subsection is in
addition to the exemption provided in (A) of this subsection; (C)
Preparation or adoption of policy positions. The
statements shall be in the form and the manner prescribed by the commission and
shall be filed within one month after the end of the quarter covered by the
In lieu of reporting under subsection (5) of this section any county, city,
town, municipal corporation, quasi municipal corporation, or special purpose
district may determine and so notify the public disclosure commission, that
elected officials, officers, or employees who on behalf of any such local
agency engage in lobbying reportable under subsection (5) of this section)) shall
register and report such reportable lobbying in the same manner as a lobbyist
who is required to register and report under RCW 42.17.150 and 42.17.170. Each
such local agency shall report as a lobbyist employer pursuant to RCW
(6) The provisions of this section do not relieve any elected official
or officer or employee of an agency from complying with other provisions of
this chapter, if such elected official, officer, or employee is not otherwise
(7) The purpose of this section is to require each state agency and
certain local agencies to report the identities of those persons who lobby on
behalf of the agency for compensation, together with certain separately
identifiable and measurable expenditures of an agency's funds for that
purpose. This section shall be reasonably construed to accomplish that purpose
and not to require any agency to report any of its general overhead cost or any
other costs which relate only indirectly or incidentally to lobbying or which
are equally attributable to or inseparable from nonlobbying activities of the
(8) No employee or agent of any elected officials, or of appointed members of a governmental commission that has been established by law for the purpose of rendering enforceable decisions on matters brought before the commission, may take a position in support of or in opposition to any state legislative proposal or represent that the position is that of the elected official or appointed member described in this subsection unless that person has a written statement of position from the official or appointed member in accordance with the views expressed by the employee or agent.
(9) Except for an elected official, no person may, on behalf of any state agency, county, city, town, municipal corporation, quasi‑municipal corporation, or special purpose district, lobby for or against any state legislation unless a written position has been rendered as required in subsection (8) of this section, except that those persons may respond to legislative inquiries in accordance with subsection (10) of this section.
(10) Any person, other than an elected official, who is representing a state agency, county, city, town, municipal corporation, quasi‑municipal corporation, or special purpose district, and who responds to any legislative inquiry on a legislative proposal where no position in support of or in opposition to the proposal has been taken in accordance with subsection (9) of this section, must advise the inquiring legislative party that the governmental body which that person represents has not taken a position regarding the proposal.
(11) No person, other than an elected official, who lobbies on behalf of any state agency, county, city, town, municipal corporation, quasi‑municipal corporation, or special purpose district, shall receive preferential access to information, legislative chambers, or have any other preferential lobbying privileges not accorded to nongovernmental lobbyists.