SENATE BILL 6470
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1992 Regular Session
By Senators McDonald, Anderson, Bailey, Nelson, Madsen, McCaslin, Owen, Matson, Oke, Rasmussen, Hayner, Cantu, Metcalf, L. Smith, Newhouse, Amondson, West, Craswell, Sellar, Patterson, Stratton, Thorsness and Barr
Read first time 02/03/92. Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.
AN ACT Relating to an emergency reserve fund; amending RCW 43.84.092, 43.88.020, and 43.88.160; adding a new section to chapter 43.88 RCW; creating a new section; repealing RCW 43.88.520, 43.88.525, 43.88.530, 43.88.535, and 43.88.540; providing an effective date; and providing for submission of this act to a vote of the people.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 43.88 RCW to read as follows:
The state treasurer shall transfer into an emergency reserve fund one-half of one percent of general fund--state revenue collections from July 1, 1993, through June 30, 1994, one percent from July 1, 1994, through June 30, 1995, and one and one-half percent each fiscal year thereafter. During any fiscal biennium, the accumulated balance in the fund shall never exceed the equivalent of five percent of that biennium's general fund--state revenues. Any balance in excess of five percent and any earnings shall be transferred by the state treasurer to the education construction account, hereby created in the state treasury, for use after appropriation for construction of common school and higher educational facilities.
All appropriations from the emergency reserve fund shall be pursuant to a declaration of emergency by the governor and approval by two-thirds of the membership of each house of the legislature.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. Any moneys in the budget stabilization account under RCW 43.88.525 on the effective date of this act shall be transferred to the emergency reserve fund created by section 1 of this act.
Sec. 3. RCW 43.84.092 and 1991 sp.s. c 13 s 57 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) All earnings of investments of surplus balances in the state treasury shall be deposited to the treasury income account, which account is hereby established in the state treasury.
(2) Monthly, the state treasurer shall distribute the earnings credited to the treasury income account. The state treasurer shall credit the general fund with all the earnings credited to the treasury income account except:
The following accounts and funds shall receive their proportionate share of
earnings based upon each account's and fund's average daily balance for the
period: The capitol building construction account, the Cedar River channel
construction and operation account, the Central Washington University capital
projects account, the charitable, educational, penal and reformatory
institutions account, the common school construction fund, the county criminal
justice assistance account, the county sales and use tax equalization account,
the deferred compensation administrative account, the deferred compensation
principal account, the department of retirement systems expense account, the
Eastern Washington University capital projects account, the federal forest
revolving account, the industrial insurance premium refund account, the judges'
retirement account, the judicial retirement administrative account, the
judicial retirement principal account, the local leasehold excise tax account,
the local sales and use tax account, the medical aid account, the municipal
criminal justice assistance account, the municipal sales and use tax
equalization account, the natural resources deposit account, the perpetual
surveillance and maintenance account, the public employees' retirement system
plan I account, the public employees' retirement system plan II account, the
Puyallup tribal settlement account, the resource management cost account, the
site closure account, the special wildlife account, the state employees' insurance
account, the state employees' insurance reserve account, the state investment
board expense account, the state investment board commingled trust fund
accounts, the supplemental pension account, the teachers' retirement system
plan I account, the teachers' retirement system plan II account, the University
of Washington bond retirement fund, the University of Washington building
account, the volunteer fire fighters' relief and pension principal account, the
volunteer fire fighters' relief and pension administrative account, the
Washington judicial retirement system account, the Washington law enforcement
officers' and fire fighters' system plan I retirement account, the Washington
law enforcement officers' and fire fighters' system plan II retirement account,
the Washington state patrol retirement account, the Washington State University
building account, the Washington State University bond retirement fund, and the
Western Washington University capital projects account. Earnings derived from
investing balances of the agricultural permanent fund, the normal school
permanent fund, the permanent common school fund, the scientific permanent
fund, and the state university permanent fund shall be allocated to their
respective beneficiary accounts. All earnings to be distributed under this
subsection (2)(a) shall first be reduced by the allocation to the state
treasurer's service ((
account [fund])) fund pursuant to RCW
(b) The following accounts and funds shall receive eighty percent of their proportionate share of earnings based upon each account's or fund's average daily balance for the period: The central Puget Sound public transportation account, the city hardship assistance account, the county arterial preservation account, the economic development account, the essential rail assistance account, the essential rail banking account, the ferry bond retirement fund, the grade crossing protective fund, the high capacity transportation account, the highway bond retirement fund, the highway construction stabilization account, the highway safety account, the motor vehicle fund, the motorcycle safety education account, the pilotage account, the public transportation systems account, the Puget Sound capital construction account, the Puget Sound ferry operations account, the recreational vehicle account, the rural arterial trust account, the special category C account, the state patrol highway account, the transfer relief account, the transportation capital facilities account, the transportation equipment fund, the transportation fund, the transportation improvement account, and the urban arterial trust account.
(c) Earnings of the emergency reserve fund shall be credited to the education construction account pursuant to section 1 of this act.
(3) In conformance with Article II, section 37 of the state Constitution, no treasury accounts or funds shall be allocated earnings without the specific affirmative directive of this section.
Sec. 4. RCW 43.88.020 and 1991 c 358 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) "Budget" means a proposed plan of expenditures for a given period or purpose and the proposed means for financing these expenditures.
(2) "Budget document" means a formal, written statement offered by the governor to the legislature, as provided in RCW 43.88.030.
(3) "Director of financial management" means the official appointed by the governor to serve at the governor's pleasure and to whom the governor may delegate necessary authority to carry out the governor's duties as provided in this chapter. The director of financial management shall be head of the office of financial management which shall be in the office of the governor.
(4) "Agency" means and includes every state office, officer, each institution, whether educational, correctional or other, and every department, division, board and commission, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
(5) "Public funds", for purposes of this chapter, means all moneys, including cash, checks, bills, notes, drafts, stocks, and bonds, whether held in trust, for operating purposes, or for capital purposes, and collected or disbursed under law, whether or not such funds are otherwise subject to legislative appropriation, including funds maintained outside the state treasury.
(6) "Regulations" means the policies, standards, and requirements, stated in writing, designed to carry out the purposes of this chapter, as issued by the governor or the governor's designated agent, and which shall have the force and effect of law.
(7) "Ensuing biennium" means the fiscal biennium beginning on July 1st of the same year in which a regular session of the legislature is held during an odd-numbered year pursuant to Article II, section 12 of the Constitution and which biennium next succeeds the current biennium.
(8) "Dedicated fund" means a fund in the state treasury, or a separate account or fund in the general fund in the state treasury, that by law is dedicated, appropriated or set aside for a limited object or purpose; but "dedicated fund" does not include a revolving fund or a trust fund.
(9) "Revolving fund" means a fund in the state treasury, established by law, from which is paid the cost of goods or services furnished to or by a state agency, and which is replenished through charges made for such goods or services or through transfers from other accounts or funds.
(10) "Trust fund" means a fund in the state treasury in which designated persons or classes of persons have a vested beneficial interest or equitable ownership, or which was created or established by a gift, grant, contribution, devise, or bequest that limits the use of the fund to designated objects or purposes.
(11) "Administrative expenses" means expenditures for: (a) Salaries, wages, and related costs of personnel and (b) operations and maintenance including but not limited to costs of supplies, materials, services, and equipment.
(12) "Fiscal year" means the year beginning July 1st and ending the following June 30th.
(13) "Lapse" means the termination of authority to expend an appropriation.
(14) "Legislative fiscal committees" means the legislative budget committee, the legislative evaluation and accountability program committee, the ways and means committees of the senate and house of representatives, and, where appropriate, the legislative transportation committee.
(15) "Fiscal period" means the period for which an appropriation is made as specified within the act making the appropriation.
(16) "Primary budget driver" means the primary determinant of a budget level, other than a price variable, which causes or is associated with the major expenditure of an agency or budget unit within an agency, such as a caseload, enrollment, workload, or population statistic.
"Stabilization account" means the budget stabilization account
created under RCW 43.88.525 as an account in the general fund of the state
"State tax revenue limit" means the limitation created by chapter
(18) "General state revenues" means the revenues defined by
Article VIII, section 1(c) of the state Constitution.
(19) "Annual growth rate in real personal income" means the
estimated percentage growth in personal income for the state during the current
fiscal year, expressed in constant value dollars, as published by the office of
financial management or its successor agency.
(20) "Estimated revenues" means estimates of revenue in the
most recent official economic and revenue forecast prepared under RCW
82.33.020, and prepared by the office of financial management for those funds,
accounts, and sources for which the office of the economic and revenue forecast
council does not prepare an official forecast including estimates of revenues
to support financial plans under RCW 44.40.070, that are prepared by the office
of financial management in consultation with the interagency task force.
(21) "Estimated receipts" means the estimated receipt of cash
in the most recent official economic and revenue forecast prepared under RCW
82.33.020, and prepared by the office of financial management for those funds,
accounts, and sources for which the office of the economic and revenue forecast
council does not prepare an official forecast.
(22) "State budgeting, accounting, and reporting system" means
a system that gathers, maintains, and communicates fiscal information. The
system links fiscal information beginning with development of agency budget
requests through adoption of legislative appropriations to tracking actual
receipts and expenditures against approved plans.
(23) "Allotment of appropriation" means the agency's statement
of proposed expenditures, the director of financial management's review of that
statement, and the placement of the approved statement into the state
budgeting, accounting, and reporting system.
(24) "Statement of proposed expenditures" means a plan
prepared by each agency that breaks each appropriation out into monthly detail
representing the best estimate of how the appropriation will be expended.
(25) "Undesignated fund balance (or deficit)" means unreserved
and undesignated current assets or other resources available for expenditure
over and above any current liabilities which are expected to be incurred by the
close of the fiscal period.
Sec. 5. RCW 43.88.160 and 1991 c 358 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
This section sets forth the major fiscal duties and responsibilities of officers and agencies of the executive branch. The regulations issued by the governor pursuant to this chapter shall provide for a comprehensive, orderly basis for fiscal management and control, including efficient accounting and reporting therefor, for the executive branch of the state government and may include, in addition, such requirements as will generally promote more efficient public management in the state.
(1) Governor; director of financial management. The governor, through the director of financial management, shall devise and supervise a modern and complete accounting system for each agency to the end that all revenues, expenditures, receipts, disbursements, resources, and obligations of the state shall be properly and systematically accounted for. The accounting system shall include the development of accurate, timely records and reports of all financial affairs of the state. The system shall also provide for central accounts in the office of financial management at the level of detail deemed necessary by the director to perform central financial management. The director of financial management shall adopt and periodically update an accounting procedures manual. Any agency maintaining its own accounting and reporting system shall comply with the updated accounting procedures manual and the rules of the director adopted under this chapter. An agency may receive a waiver from complying with this requirement if the waiver is approved by the director. Waivers expire at the end of the fiscal biennium for which they are granted. The director shall forward notice of waivers granted to the appropriate legislative fiscal committees. The director of financial management may require such financial, statistical, and other reports as the director deems necessary from all agencies covering any period.
(2) The director of financial management is responsible for quarterly reporting of primary operating budget drivers such as applicable workloads, caseload estimates, and appropriate unit cost data. These reports shall be transmitted to the legislative fiscal committees or by electronic means to the legislative evaluation and accountability program committee. Quarterly reports shall include actual monthly data and the variance between actual and estimated data to date. The reports shall also include estimates of these items for the remainder of the budget period.
(3) The director of financial management shall report at least annually to the appropriate legislative committees regarding the status of all appropriated capital projects, including transportation projects, showing significant cost overruns or underruns. If funds are shifted from one project to another, the office of financial management shall also reflect this in the annual variance report. Once a project is complete, the report shall provide a final summary showing estimated start and completion dates of each project phase compared to actual dates, estimated costs of each project phase compared to actual costs, and whether or not there are any outstanding liabilities or unsettled claims at the time of completion.
(4) In addition, the director of financial management, as agent of the governor, shall:
(a) Make surveys and analyses of agencies with the object of determining better methods and increased effectiveness in the use of manpower and materials; and the director shall authorize expenditures for employee training to the end that the state may benefit from training facilities made available to state employees;
(b) Report to the governor with regard to duplication of effort or lack of coordination among agencies;
(c) Review any pay and classification plans, and changes thereunder, developed by any agency for their fiscal impact: PROVIDED, That none of the provisions of this subsection shall affect merit systems of personnel management now existing or hereafter established by statute relating to the fixing of qualifications requirements for recruitment, appointment, or promotion of employees of any agency. The director shall advise and confer with agencies including appropriate standing committees of the legislature as may be designated by the speaker of the house and the president of the senate regarding the fiscal impact of such plans and may amend or alter said plans, except that for the following agencies no amendment or alteration of said plans may be made without the approval of the agency concerned: Agencies headed by elective officials;
(d) Fix the number and classes of positions or authorized man years of employment for each agency and during the fiscal period amend the determinations previously fixed by the director except that the director shall not be empowered to fix said number or said classes for the following: Agencies headed by elective officials;
for transfers and repayments between the budget stabilization account and the
general fund as directed by appropriation and RCW 43.88.525 through 43.88.540; (f)))
Promulgate regulations to effectuate provisions contained in subsections (a)
through (( (e))) (d) hereof.
(5) The treasurer shall:
(a) Receive, keep, and disburse all public funds of the state not expressly required by law to be received, kept, and disbursed by some other persons: PROVIDED, That this subsection shall not apply to those public funds of the institutions of higher learning which are not subject to appropriation;
(b) Disburse public funds under the treasurer's supervision or custody by warrant or check;
(c) Keep a correct and current account of all moneys received and disbursed by the treasurer, classified by fund or account;
(d) Perform such other duties as may be required by law or by regulations issued pursuant to this law.
It shall be unlawful for the treasurer to issue any warrant or check for public funds in the treasury except upon forms duly prescribed by the director of financial management. Said forms shall provide for authentication and certification by the agency head or the agency head's designee that the services have been rendered or the materials have been furnished; or, in the case of loans or grants, that the loans or grants are authorized by law; or, in the case of payments for periodic maintenance services to be performed on state owned equipment, that a written contract for such periodic maintenance services is currently in effect and copies thereof are on file with the office of financial management; and the treasurer shall not be liable under the treasurer's surety bond for erroneous or improper payments so made: PROVIDED, That when services are lawfully paid for in advance of full performance by any private individual or business entity other than as provided for by RCW 42.24.035, such individual or entity other than central stores rendering such services shall make a cash deposit or furnish surety bond coverage to the state as shall be fixed in an amount by law, or if not fixed by law, then in such amounts as shall be fixed by the director of the department of general administration but in no case shall such required cash deposit or surety bond be less than an amount which will fully indemnify the state against any and all losses on account of breach of promise to fully perform such services: AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That no payments shall be made in advance for any equipment maintenance services to be performed more than three months after such payment. Any such bond so furnished shall be conditioned that the person, firm or corporation receiving the advance payment will apply it toward performance of the contract. The responsibility for recovery of erroneous or improper payments made under this section shall lie with the agency head or the agency head's designee in accordance with regulations issued pursuant to this chapter. Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit a public body to advance funds to a private service provider pursuant to a grant or loan before services have been rendered or material furnished.
(6) The state auditor shall:
(a) Report to the legislature the results of current post audits that have been made of the financial transactions of each agency; to this end the auditor may, in the auditor's discretion, examine the books and accounts of any agency, official or employee charged with the receipt, custody or safekeeping of public funds. The current post audit of each agency may include a section on recommendations to the legislature as provided in (c) of this subsection.
(b) Give information to the legislature, whenever required, upon any subject relating to the financial affairs of the state.
(c) Make the auditor's official report on or before the thirty-first of December which precedes the meeting of the legislature. The report shall be for the last complete fiscal period and shall include at least the following:
Determinations as to whether agencies, in making expenditures, complied with the laws of this state: PROVIDED, That nothing in this section may be construed to grant the state auditor the right to perform performance audits. A performance audit for the purpose of this section is the examination of the effectiveness of the administration, its efficiency, and its adequacy in terms of the programs of departments or agencies as previously approved by the legislature. The authority and responsibility to conduct such an examination shall be vested in the legislative budget committee as prescribed in RCW 44.28.085.
(d) Be empowered to take exception to specific expenditures that have been incurred by any agency or to take exception to other practices related in any way to the agency's financial transactions and to cause such exceptions to be made a matter of public record, including disclosure to the agency concerned and to the director of financial management. It shall be the duty of the director of financial management to cause corrective action to be taken promptly, such action to include, as appropriate, the withholding of funds as provided in RCW 43.88.110.
(e) Promptly report any irregularities to the attorney general.
(7) The legislative budget committee may:
(a) Make post audits of the financial transactions of any agency and management surveys and program reviews as provided for in RCW 44.28.085. To this end the committee may in its discretion examine the books, accounts, and other records of any agency, official, or employee.
(b) Give information to the legislature or any legislative committee whenever required upon any subject relating to the performance and management of state agencies.
(c) Make a report to the legislature which shall include at least the following:
(i) Determinations as to the extent to which agencies in making expenditures have complied with the will of the legislature and in this connection, may take exception to specific expenditures or financial practices of any agencies; and
(ii) Such plans as it deems expedient for the support of the state's credit, for lessening expenditures, for promoting frugality and economy in agency affairs and generally for an improved level of fiscal management.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. The followings acts or parts of acts are each repealed:
(1) RCW 43.88.520 and 1981 c 280 s 1;
(2) RCW 43.88.525 and 1991 sp.s. c 13 s 13, 1985 c 57 s 52, & 1981 c 280 s 2;
(3) RCW 43.88.530 and 1982 1st ex.s. c 36 s 2 & 1981 c 280 s 3;
(4) RCW 43.88.535 and 1982 1st ex.s. c 36 s 3 & 1981 c 280 s 4; and
(5) RCW 43.88.540 and 1984 c 138 s 11 & 1981 c 280 s 5.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 7. This act shall take effect July 1, 1993.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 8. This act shall be submitted to the people for their adoption and ratification, or rejection, at the next succeeding general election to be held in this state, in accordance with Article II, section 1 of the state Constitution, as amended, and the laws adopted to facilitate the operation thereof.