NINETY-THIRD DAY

 


MORNING SESSION

Senate Chamber, Olympia, Tuesday, April 14, 2009

 

The Senate was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President Owen. The Secretary called the roll and announced to the President that all Senators were present with the exception of Senators Brandland, Brown, Carrell, Fairley, Hargrove, Kauffman, Roach and Sheldon.

The Sergeant at Arms Color Guard consisting of Pages Shelby Massingale and Shannon Shatto, presented the Colors. Rabbi Cheski Edelman of the Chabad Jewish Discovery Center of Olympia offered the prayer.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Eide, the reading of the Journal of the previous day was dispensed with and it was approved.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Eide, the Senate advanced to the fourth order of business.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE

 

April 13, 2009

 

MR. PRESIDENT:

 

The House has passed the following bills:

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5044,

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5117,

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5267,

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5276,

SENATE BILL NO. 5298,

SENATE BILL NO. 5303,

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5326,

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5480,

SENATE BILL NO. 5587,

SECOND SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5676,

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5752,

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5765,

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5882,

and the same are herewith transmitted.

 

BARBARA BAKER, Chief Clerk

 

MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE

 

April 13, 2009

 

MR. PRESIDENT:

The House has passed the following bills:

HOUSE BILL NO. 2328

and the same is herewith transmitted.

 

BARBARA BAKER, Chief Clerk

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Eide, the Senate advanced to the fifth order of business.

 

INTRODUCTION AND FIRST READING

 

SB 6159            by Senator Oemig

 

AN ACT Relating to the taxation of moist snuff; amending RCW 82.26.010 and 82.26.020; and providing an effective date.

 

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

 

SB 6160            by Senator Prentice

 

AN ACT Relating to criminal justice.

 

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

 

SB 6161            by Senator Prentice

 

AN ACT Relating to the actuarial funding of pension systems.

 

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

 

SB 6162            by Senator Prentice

 

AN ACT Relating to criminal justice.

 

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

 

SB 6163            by Senators Keiser and Tom

 

AN ACT Relating to the nursing facility medicaid payment system; amending RCW 74.46.421 and 74.46.800; adding a new section to chapter 74.46 RCW; creating a new section; repealing RCW 74.46.431, 74.46.433, 74.46.435, 74.46.437, 74.46.439, 74.46.485, 74.46.496, 74.46.501, 74.46.506, 74.46.508, 74.46.511, 74.46.515, 74.46.521, and 74.46.533; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.

 

Referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Eide, all measures listed on the Introduction and First Reading report were referred to the committees as designated.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Eide, the Senate advanced to the sixth order of business.

 

SECOND READING

CONFIRMATION OF GUBERNATORIAL APPOINTMENTS

 

MOTION

 

Senator Kline moved that Gubernatorial Appointment No. 9125, Robyn Todd, as a member of the Small Business Export Finance Assistance Center Board of Directors, be confirmed.

Senator Kline spoke in favor of the motion.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Delvin, Senators Benton, Brandland, Carrell and Roach were excused.

 

MOTION


 

On motion of Senator Marr, Senators Brown, Fairley, Haugen, Kauffman and Sheldon were excused.

 

APPOINTMENT OF ROBYN TODD

 

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the confirmation of Gubernatorial Appointment No. 9125, Robyn Todd as a member of the Small Business Export Finance Assistance Center Board of Directors.

 

The Secretary called the roll on the confirmation of Gubernatorial Appointment No. 9125, Robyn Todd as a member of the Small Business Export Finance Assistance Center Board of Directors and the appointment was confirmed by the following vote:  Yeas, 41; Nays, 0; Absent, 1; Excused, 7.

Voting yea: Senators Becker, Benton, Berkey, Delvin, Eide, Franklin, Fraser, Hatfield, Haugen, Hewitt, Hobbs, Holmquist, Honeyford, Jacobsen, Jarrett, Kastama, Keiser, Kilmer, King, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McCaslin, McDermott, Morton, Murray, Oemig, Parlette, Pflug, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Rockefeller, Schoesler, Shin, Stevens, Swecker, Tom and Zarelli

Absent: Senator Hargrove

Excused: Senators Brandland, Brown, Carrell, Fairley, Kauffman, Roach and Sheldon

Gubernatorial Appointment No. 9125, Robyn Todd, having received the constitutional majority was declared confirmed as a member of the Small Business Export Finance Assistance Center Board of Directors.

 

SECOND READING

 

HOUSE BILL NO. 1184, by Representative Chase

 

Extending the loan repayment period for municipally funded conservation projects.

 

The measure was read the second time.

 

MOTION

 

Senator Rockefeller moved that the following committee striking amendment by the Committee on Environment, Water & Energy be adopted.

Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

"Sec. 1.  RCW 35.92.360 and 2002 c 276 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Any city or town engaged in the generation, sale, or distribution of energy is hereby authorized, within limits established by the Constitution of the state of Washington, to assist the owners of structures or equipment in financing the acquisition and installation of materials and equipment, for compensation or otherwise, for the conservation or more efficient use of energy in such structures or equipment pursuant to an energy conservation plan adopted by the city or town if the cost per unit of energy saved or produced by the use of such materials and equipment is less than the cost per unit of energy produced by the next least costly new energy resource which the city or town could acquire to meet future demand.  Any financing authorized under this chapter shall only be used for conservation purposes in existing structures, and such financing shall not be used for any purpose which results in a conversion from one energy source to another.  For the purposes of this section, "conservation purposes in existing structures" may include projects to allow a municipal electric utility's customers to generate all or a portion of their own electricity through the on-site installation of a distributed electricity generation system that uses as its fuel solar, wind, geothermal, or hydropower, or other renewable resource that is available on-site and not from a commercial source.  Such projects shall not be considered "a conversion from one energy source to another" which is limited to the change or substitution of one commercial energy supplier for another commercial energy supplier. Except where otherwise authorized, such assistance shall be limited to:

      (((1))) (a) Providing an inspection of the structure or equipment, either directly or through one or more inspectors under contract, to determine and inform the owner of the estimated cost of purchasing and installing conservation materials and equipment for which financial assistance will be approved and the estimated life cycle savings in energy costs that are likely to result from the installation of such materials or equipment;

(((2))) (b) Providing a list of businesses who sell and install such materials and equipment within or in close proximity to the service area of the city or town, each of which businesses shall have requested to be included and shall have the ability to provide the products in a workmanlike manner and to utilize such materials in accordance with the prevailing national standards((.));

(((3))) (c) Arranging to have approved conservation materials and equipment installed by a private contractor whose bid is acceptable to the owner of the residential structure and verifying such installation; and

(((4))) (d) Arranging or providing financing for the purchase and installation of approved conservation materials and equipment.  Such materials and equipment shall be purchased from a private business and shall be installed by a private business or the owner.

(((5))) (2) Pay back shall be in the form of incremental additions to the utility bill, billed either together with use charge or separately.  Loans shall not exceed ((one hundred twenty)) two hundred forty months in length.

Sec. 2.  RCW 54.16.032 and 1989 c 421 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

Any district is hereby authorized, within limits established by the Constitution of the state of Washington, to assist the owners of structures in financing the acquisition and installation of fixtures, systems, and equipment, for compensation or otherwise, for the conservation or more efficient use of water in the structures under a water conservation plan adopted by the district if the cost per unit of water saved or conserved by the use of the fixtures, systems, and equipment is less than the cost per unit of water supplied by the next least costly new water source available to the district to meet future demand.  Except where otherwise authorized, assistance shall be limited to:

(1) Providing an inspection of the structure, either directly or through one or more inspectors under contract, to determine and inform the owner of the estimated cost of purchasing and installing conservation fixtures, systems, and equipment for which financial assistance will be approved and the estimated life cycle savings to the water system and the consumer that are likely to result from the installation of the fixtures, systems, or equipment;

(2) Providing a list of businesses that sell and install the fixtures, systems, and equipment within or in close proximity to the service area of the city or town, each of which businesses shall have requested to be included and shall have the ability to provide the products in a workmanlike manner and to utilize the fixtures, systems, and equipment in accordance with the prevailing national standards;

(3) Arranging to have approved conservation fixtures, systems, and equipment installed by a private contractor whose bid is acceptable to the owner of the structure and verifying the installation; and


(4) Arranging or providing financing for the purchase and installation of approved conservation fixtures, systems, and equipment. The fixtures, systems, and equipment shall be purchased or installed by a private business, the owner, or the utility.

Pay back shall be in the form of incremental additions to the utility bill, billed either together with use charge or separately. Loans shall not exceed ((one)) two hundred ((twenty)) forty months in length."

Senator Rockefeller spoke in favor of adoption of the committee striking amendment.

 

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the adoption of the committee striking amendment by the Committee on Environment, Water & Energy to House Bill No. 1184.

The motion by Senator Rockefeller carried and the committee striking amendment was adopted by voice vote.

 

MOTION

 

There being no objection, the following title amendment was adopted:

On page 1, line 2 of the title, after "utilities" strike the remainder of the title and insert "and public utility districts; and amending RCW 35.92.360 and 54.16.032."

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Rockefeller, the rules were suspended, House Bill No. 1184 as amended by the Senate was advanced to third reading, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

Senators Rockefeller and Honeyford spoke in favor of passage of the bill.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Marr, Senator Hargrove was excused.

 

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the final passage of House Bill No. 1184 as amended by the Senate.

 

ROLL CALL

 

The Secretary called the roll on the final passage of House Bill No. 1184 as amended by the Senate and the bill passed the Senate by the following vote:  Yeas, 42; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 7.

Voting yea: Senators Becker, Benton, Berkey, Delvin, Eide, Franklin, Fraser, Hatfield, Haugen, Hewitt, Hobbs, Holmquist, Honeyford, Jacobsen, Jarrett, Kastama, Keiser, Kilmer, King, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McCaslin, McDermott, Morton, Murray, Oemig, Parlette, Pflug, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Roach, Rockefeller, Schoesler, Shin, Stevens, Swecker, Tom and Zarelli

Excused: Senators Brandland, Brown, Carrell, Fairley, Hargrove, Kauffman and Sheldon

HOUSE BILL NO. 1184 as amended by the Senate, having received the constitutional majority, was declared passed. There being no objection, the title of the bill was ordered to stand as the title of the act.

 

SECOND READING

 

ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1326, by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Van De Wege, Kretz and Nelson)

 

Establishing a license limitation program for harvest and delivery of Pacific sardines into the state.

 

The measure was read the second time.

 

MOTION

 

Senator Jacobsen moved that the following committee striking amendment by the Committee on Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation be adopted.

Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

"NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 77.70 RCW to read as follows:

The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter and related rules adopted by the department unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(1) "Deliver" or "delivery" means arrival at a place or port, and includes arrivals from offshore waters to waters within the state and arrivals ashore from offshore waters.

(2) "Pacific sardine" and "pilchard" means the species Sardinops sagax.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 77.70 RCW to read as follows:

(1) A Washington sardine purse seine fishery license or temporary annual fishery permit is required to use purse seine gear to fish for or possess Pacific sardines in offshore waters.  This requirement does not affect persons authorized to fish for or possess sardines in offshore waters under a valid Oregon or California license or permit.

(2) A Washington sardine purse seine fishery license or temporary annual fishery permit is required to deliver Pacific sardines into the state.

(3) Washington sardine purse seine fishery licenses and temporary annual fishery permits require vessel designation under RCW 77.65.100.

(4) Pacific sardines may not be taken or retained in state waters except for incidental harvest authorized by rule of the department.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  A new section is added to chapter 77.70 RCW to read as follows:

(1) A Washington Pacific sardine purse seine fishery license:

(a) May only be issued to a person that held a coastal pilchard experimental fishery permit in 2008, except as otherwise provided in this section;

(b) Must be renewed annually to remain active; and

(c) Subject to the restrictions of subsections (6) and (7) of this section and RCW 77.65.040, is transferable.

(2) A Washington Pacific sardine purse seine fishery license may be issued to any person that held a coastal pilchard experimental fishery permit in 2005, 2006, or 2007 and is precluded from qualifying under subsection (1) of this section because the vessel designated on the permit sank prior to 2008.

(3) Beginning in 2010, after taking into consideration the status of the Pacific sardine population, the impact of removal of sardines and other forage fish to the marine ecosystem, including the effect on endangered marine species, and the market for Pacific sardines in the state, the director may issue:

(a) A Washington Pacific sardine purse seine fishery license to any person provided that the issuance would not raise the number of licenses beyond the number initially issued in 2009;

(b) A Washington Pacific sardine purse seine temporary annual fishery permit to any person if the combined number of active Washington Pacific sardine purse seine fishery licenses and annual temporary permits already issued during the year is less than twenty-five.

(4) The annual fee for a Washington Pacific sardine purse seine fishery license is one hundred eighty-five dollars for residents and two hundred ninety-five dollars for nonresidents.


(5) The fee for a Washington Pacific sardine purse seine temporary annual fishery permit is one hundred eighty-five dollars for residents and two hundred ninety-five dollars for nonresidents.  A temporary annual fishery permit expires at the end of the calendar year in which the permit is issued.

(6) Only a person who owns or operates the vessel designated on the license or permit may hold a Washington Pacific sardine purse seine fishery license or temporary annual fishery permit.

(7) A person may not own or hold an ownership interest in more than two Washington Pacific sardine purse seine fishery licenses.

      (8) The director shall adopt rules that require a person fishing under a Washington Pacific sardine purse seine fishery license or a temporary annual permit to minimize by‑catch, and to the extent by‑catch cannot be avoided, to minimize the mortality of such by‑catch.

Sec. 4.  RCW 77.65.200 and 2000 c 107 s 41 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) This section establishes commercial fishery licenses required for food fish fisheries and the annual fees for those licenses.  As used in this section, "food fish" does not include salmon.  The director may issue a limited-entry commercial fishery license only to a person who meets the qualifications established in applicable governing sections of this title.

 

Fishery

Annual Fee

Vessel

Limited

(Governing section(s))

Resident

Nonresident

Required?

Entry?

 

(a) Baitfish Lampara

$185

$295

Yes

No

(b) Baitfish purse seine

$530

$985

Yes

No

(c) Bottom fish jig

$130

$185

Yes

No

(d) Bottom fish pot

$130

$185

Yes

No

(e) Bottom fish troll

$130

$185

Yes

No

(f) Carp

$130

$185

No

No

(g) Columbia river

smelt

$380

$685

No

No

(h) Dog fish set net

$130

$185

Yes

No

(i) Emerging

commercial

fishery (RCW

77.70.160 and

77.65.400)

$185

$295

Determined

by rule

 

Determined

by rule

(j) Food fish drag seine

$130

$185

Yes

No

(k) Food fish set line

$130

$185

Yes

No

(l) Food fish trawl-

$240

$405

Yes

No

Non-Puget Sound

 

 

 

 

(m) Food fish trawl-

$185

$295

Yes

No

Puget Sound

 

 

 

 

(n) Herring dip bag net

$175

$275

Yes

Yes

(RCW 77.70.120)

 

 

 

 

(o) Herring drag seine

$175

$275

Yes

Yes

(RCW 77.70.120)

 

 

 

 

(p) Herring gill net

$175

$275

Yes

Yes

(RCW 77.70.120)

 

 

 

 

(q) Herring Lampara

$175

$275

Yes

Yes

(RCW 77.70.120)

 

 

 

 

7) Herring purse seine

$175

$275

Yes

Yes

(RCW 77.70.120)

 

 

 

 

(s) Herring spawn-on-kelp (RCW

77.70.210)

N/A

N/A

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

(t) Sardine purse seine

(section 2 of this

act)

$185

$295

Yes

Yes

(u) Sardine purse seine

temporary    

(section 2 of this

act)

$185

$295

Yes

No

(v) Smelt dip bag net

$130

$185

No

No

(((u))) (w) Smelt gill

net

$380

$685

Yes

No

(((v))) (x) Whiting-Puget

Sound (RCW

77.70.130)

$295

$520

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

(2) The director may by rule determine the species of food fish that may be taken with the commercial fishery licenses established in this section, the gear that may be used with the licenses, and the areas or waters in which the licenses may be used.  Where a fishery license has been established for a particular species, gear, geographical area, or combination thereof, a more general fishery license may not be used to take food fish in that fishery."

Senator Jacobsen spoke in favor of adoption of the committee striking amendment.

 

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the adoption of the committee striking amendment by the Committee on Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation to Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1326.

The motion by Senator Jacobsen carried and the committee striking amendment was adopted by voice vote.

 

MOTION

 

There being no objection, the following title amendment was adopted:

On page 1, line 3 of the title, after "state;" strike the remainder of the title and insert "amending RCW 77.65.200; and adding new sections to chapter 77.70 RCW."

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Jacobsen, the rules were suspended, Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1326 as amended by the Senate was advanced to third reading, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

Senators Jacobsen and Morton spoke in favor of passage of the bill.

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the final passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1326 as amended by the Senate.

 

ROLL CALL

 

The Secretary called the roll on the final passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1326 as amended by the Senate and the bill passed the Senate by the following vote:  Yeas, 44; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 5.


Voting yea: Senators Becker, Benton, Berkey, Delvin, Eide, Franklin, Fraser, Hargrove, Hatfield, Haugen, Hewitt, Hobbs, Holmquist, Honeyford, Jacobsen, Jarrett, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer, King, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McCaslin, McDermott, Morton, Murray, Oemig, Parlette, Pflug, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Roach, Rockefeller, Schoesler, Shin, Stevens, Swecker, Tom and Zarelli

Excused: Senators Brandland, Brown, Carrell, Fairley and Sheldon

ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1326 as amended by the Senate, having received the constitutional majority, was declared passed. There being no objection, the title of the bill was ordered to stand as the title of the act.

 

SECOND READING

 

SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1522, by House Committee on General Government Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Hudgins, Dunshee, Hunt, Hasegawa, Williams and Chase)

 

Regarding repair and reuse of electronic products by registered collectors.

 

The measure was read the second time.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Pridemore, the rules were suspended, Second Substitute House Bill No. 1522 was advanced to third reading, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

Senator Pridemore spoke in favor of passage of the bill.

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the final passage of Second Substitute House Bill No. 1522.

 

ROLL CALL

 

The Secretary called the roll on the final passage of Second Substitute House Bill No. 1522 and the bill passed the Senate by the following vote:  Yeas, 47; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 2.

Voting yea: Senators Becker, Benton, Berkey, Brandland, Brown, Carrell, Delvin, Eide, Franklin, Fraser, Hargrove, Hatfield, Haugen, Hewitt, Hobbs, Holmquist, Honeyford, Jacobsen, Jarrett, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer, King, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McCaslin, McDermott, Morton, Murray, Oemig, Parlette, Pflug, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Roach, Rockefeller, Schoesler, Shin, Stevens, Swecker, Tom and Zarelli

Excused: Senators Fairley and Sheldon

SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1522, having received the constitutional majority, was declared passed. There being no objection, the title of the bill was ordered to stand as the title of the act.

 

MOTION

 

At 9:36 a.m., on motion of Senator Eide, the Senate was declared to be at ease subject to the call of the President.

 

The Senate was called to order at 11:27 a.m. by President Owen.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Eide, the Senate reverted to the fourth order of business.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE

 

April 13, 2009

 

MR. PRESIDENT:

The House has passed the following bill:

ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2075,

and the same is herewith transmitted.

 

BARBARA B AKER, Chief Clerk

 

PERSONAL PRIVILEGE

 

Senator HatfieldAThank you Mr. President. I have the menu in front of me right now. Sliced tri-tip beef sandwiches on rolls with potato, milk and other drinks. Today is Beef Day. The industry has come to town and will be providing barbeque around lunch time. We=re going to celebrate another important industry in this state which is approximately 2.3 billion dollar industry. No small potatoes but some real red meat there. Invite ya all out for barbeque. Thank you.@

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Eide, the Senate advanced to the sixth order of business.

 

SECOND READING

 

HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 4005, by Representatives Santos, Hasegawa, McCune, Hurst, Campbell, Pedersen, Hunter, Rodne, Warnick, Smith, Anderson, Ross, Angel, Walsh, Bailey, Roach, Shea, Upthegrove, Morrell, Ormsby, Hudgins, Conway, Rolfes, Kelley and Kenney

 

Requesting the Postal Service to issue a postage stamp commemorating Nisei veterans.

 

The measure was read the second time.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Hobbs, the rules were suspended, House Joint Memorial No. 4005 was advanced to third reading, the second reading considered the third and the memorial was placed on final passage.

Senators Hobbs, Kline, Shin and Swecker spoke in favor of passage of the bill.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Brandland, Senator Pflug was excused.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Marr, Senator Brown was excused.

 

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the final passage of House Joint Memorial No. 4005.

 

ROLL CALL

 

The Secretary called the roll on the final passage of House Joint Memorial No. 4005 and the memorial passed the Senate by the following vote:  Yeas, 46; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 3.

Voting yea: Senators Becker, Benton, Berkey, Brandland, Carrell, Delvin, Eide, Franklin, Fraser, Hargrove, Hatfield, Haugen, Hewitt, Hobbs, Holmquist, Honeyford, Jacobsen, Jarrett, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer, King, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McCaslin, McDermott, Morton, Murray, Oemig, Parlette, Pflug, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Roach, Rockefeller, Schoesler, Shin, Stevens, Swecker, Tom and Zarelli


Excused: Senators Brown, Fairley and Sheldon

HOUSE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 4005, having received the constitutional majority, was declared passed.

 

SECOND READING

 

SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1778, by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representative Blake)

 

Modifying various provisions of Title 77 RCW.

 

The measure was read the second time.

 

MOTION

 

Senator Jacobsen moved that the following committee striking amendment by the Committee on Ways & Means be adopted.

Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

"Sec. 1.  RCW 77.15.050 and 1998 c 190 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, as used in this chapter, "conviction" means:

(a) A final conviction in a state or municipal court;

(b) A failure to appear at a hearing to contest an infraction or criminal citation; or

(c) An unvacated forfeiture of bail paid as a final disposition for an offense ((or an unvacated forfeiture of bail or collateral deposited to secure the defendant's appearance in court)).

(2) A plea of guilty, or a finding of guilt for a violation of this title or rule of the commission or director constitutes a conviction regardless of whether the imposition of sentence is deferred or the penalty is suspended.

Sec. 2.  RCW 77.15.700 and 2007 c 163 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department shall impose revocation and suspension of privileges in the following circumstances:

(((1))) (a) Upon conviction, if directed by statute for an offense((;)).

(((2))) (b) Upon conviction of a violation not involving commercial fishing, if the department finds that actions of the defendant demonstrated a willful or wanton disregard for conservation of fish or wildlife.  ((Such)) Suspension of privileges under this subsection may be permanent.  ((This subsection (2) does not apply to violations involving commercial fishing;

      (3))) (c) If a person is convicted twice within ten years for a violation involving unlawful hunting, killing, or possessing big game((, the department shall order)).  Revocation and suspension ((of)) under this subsection must be ordered for all hunting privileges for two years.  ((RCW 77.12.722 or 77.16.050 as it existed before June 11, 1998, may comprise one of the convictions constituting the basis for revocation and suspension under this subsection;

(4)(a))) (d) If a person violates, three times or more in a ten-year period, recreational hunting or fishing laws or rules for which the person:  (i) Is convicted of an offense((,)); (ii) has an uncontested notice of infraction((,)); (iii) fails to appear at a hearing to contest ((an)) a fish and wildlife infraction((,)); or (iv) is found to have committed an infraction ((three times in ten years involving any violation of recreational hunting or fishing laws or rules, the department shall order a)).  Revocation and suspension under this subsection must be ordered of all recreational hunting and fishing privileges for two years.

(((b))) (2)(a) A violation punishable as an infraction counts towards the revocation and suspension of recreational hunting and fishing privileges ((only where)) under this section if that violation is:

(i) Punishable as a crime on July 24, 2005, and is subsequently decriminalized; or

(ii) One of the following violations, as they exist on July 24, 2005:  RCW 77.15.160 (((1) or (2))); WAC 220-56-116; WAC 220-56-315(11); or WAC 220-56-355 (1) through (4).

(((c))) (b) The commission may, by rule, designate ((additional)) infractions that do not count towards the revocation and suspension of recreational hunting and fishing privileges.

(((5))) (3) If either the deferred education licensee or the required nondeferred accompanying person, hunting under the authority of RCW 77.32.155(2), is convicted of a violation of this title, except for a violation of RCW 77.15.400 (1) through (3), the department may revoke all hunting licenses and tags and may order a suspension of ((one)) either or both the deferred education licensee's and the nondeferred accompanying person's hunting privileges for one year.

Sec. 3.  RCW 77.15.310 and 2003 c 39 s 38 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful failure to use or maintain an approved fish guard on a diversion device if the person owns, controls, or operates a device used for diverting or conducting water from a lake, river, or stream and:

(a) The device is not equipped with a fish guard, screen, or bypass approved by the director as required by RCW ((77.55.040 or 77.55.320)) 77.57.010 or 77.57.070; or

(b) The person knowingly fails to maintain or operate an approved fish guard, screen, or bypass so as to effectively screen or prevent fish from entering the intake.

(2) Unlawful failure to use or maintain an approved fish guard, screen, or bypass on a diversion device is a gross misdemeanor. Following written notification to the person from the department that there is a violation, each day that a diversion device is operated without an approved or maintained fish guard, screen, or bypass is a separate offense.

Sec. 4.  RCW 77.15.320 and 2000 c 107 s 241 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful failure to provide, maintain, or operate a fishway for dam or other obstruction if the person owns, operates, or controls a dam or other obstruction to fish passage on a river or stream and:

(a) The dam or obstruction is not provided with a durable and efficient fishway approved by the director as required by RCW ((77.55.060)) 77.57.030;

(b) Fails to maintain a fishway in efficient operating condition; or

(c) Fails to continuously supply a fishway with a sufficient supply of water to allow the free passage of fish.

(2) Unlawful failure to provide, maintain, or operate a fishway for dam or other obstruction is a gross misdemeanor.  Following written notification to the person from the department that there is a violation, each day of unlawful failure to provide, maintain, or operate a fishway is a separate offense.

Sec. 5.  RCW 77.15.610 and 1998 c 190 s 33 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person who holds a fur buyer's license or taxidermy license is guilty of unlawful use of a commercial wildlife license if the person:

(a) Fails to have the license in possession while engaged in fur buying or practicing taxidermy for commercial purposes; or

(b) Violates any rule of the department regarding reporting requirements or the use, possession, display, or presentation of the taxidermy or fur buyer's license.

(2) Unlawful use of a commercial wildlife license is a misdemeanor.

Sec. 6.  RCW 77.32.470 and 2008 c 35 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:


(1) A personal use saltwater, freshwater, combination, temporary, or family fishing weekend license is required for all persons fifteen years of age or older to fish for or possess fish taken for personal use from state waters or offshore waters.

(2) The fees for annual personal use saltwater, freshwater, or combination licenses are as follows:

(a) A combination license allows the holder to fish for or possess fish, shellfish, and seaweed from state waters or offshore waters.  The fee for this license is thirty-six dollars for residents, seventy-two dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for youth.  There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge for this license, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.

(b) A saltwater license allows the holder to fish for or possess fish taken from saltwater areas.  The fee for this license is eighteen dollars for residents, thirty-six dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for resident seniors.  There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge for this license, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.

(c) A freshwater license allows the holder to fish for, take, or possess food fish or game fish species in all freshwater areas.  The fee for this license is twenty dollars for residents, forty dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for resident seniors.

(3)(a) A temporary combination fishing license is valid for one to five consecutive days and allows the holder to fish for or possess fish, shellfish, and seaweed taken from state waters or offshore waters.  The fee for this temporary fishing license is:

(i) One day - Seven dollars for residents and fourteen dollars for nonresidents;

(ii) Two days - Ten dollars for residents and twenty dollars for nonresidents;

(iii) Three days - Thirteen dollars for residents and twenty-six dollars for nonresidents;

(iv) Four days - Fifteen dollars for residents and thirty dollars for nonresidents; and

(v) Five days - Seventeen dollars for residents and thirty-four dollars for nonresidents.

(b) The fee for a charter stamp is seven dollars for a one-day temporary combination fishing license for residents and nonresidents for use on a charter boat as defined in RCW 77.65.150.

(c) A transaction fee to support the automated licensing system will be taken from the amounts set forth in this subsection for temporary licenses.

(d) Except for active duty military personnel serving in any branch of the United States armed forces, the temporary combination fishing license is not valid on game fish species for an eight-consecutive-day period beginning on the opening day of the lowland lake fishing season as defined by rule of the commission.

(e) The temporary combination fishing license fee for active duty military personnel serving in any branch of the United States armed forces is the resident rate as set forth in (a) of this subsection. Active duty military personnel must provide a valid military identification card at the time of purchase of the temporary license to qualify for the resident rate.

(f) There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge on the temporary combination fishing license and the associated charter stamp, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.

(4) A family fishing weekend license allows for a maximum of six anglers:  One resident and five youth; two residents and four youth; or one resident, one nonresident, and four youth.  This license allows the holders to fish for or possess fish taken from state waters or offshore waters.  The fee for this license is twenty dollars.  This license is only valid during periods as specified by rule of the department.

(5) The commission may adopt rules to create and sell combination licenses for all hunting and fishing activities at or below a fee equal to the total cost of the individual license contained within any combination.

(6) The commission may adopt rules to allow the use of two fishing poles per fishing license holder for use on selected state waters.  If authorized by the commission, license holders must purchase a two-pole stamp to use a second pole.  The proceeds from the sale of the two-pole stamp must be deposited into the state wildlife account created in RCW 77.12.170 and used for the operation and maintenance of state-owned fish hatcheries.  The fee for a two-pole stamp is twenty dollars for residents and nonresidents, and five dollars for resident seniors.

Sec. 7.  RCW 77.65.010 and 2005 c 20 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Except as otherwise provided by this title, a person ((may not)) must have a license or permit issued by the director in order to engage in any of the following activities ((without a license or permit issued by the director)):

(a) Commercially fish for or take food fish or shellfish;

(b) Deliver from a commercial fishing vessel food fish or shellfish taken for commercial purposes in offshore waters.  As used in this subsection, "deliver" means arrival at a place or port, and includes arrivals from offshore waters to waters within the state and arrivals from state or offshore waters;

(c) Operate a charter boat or commercial fishing vessel engaged in a fishery;

(d) Engage in processing or wholesaling food fish or shellfish; or

(e) Act as a food fish guide ((for salmon)) for personal use in freshwater rivers and streams, ((other than that part of the Columbia river below the bridge at Longview)) except that a charter boat license is required to operate a vessel from which a person may for a fee fish for food fish in state waters listed in RCW 77.65.150(4)(b).

(2) No person may engage in the activities described in subsection (1) of this section unless the licenses or permits required by this title are in the person's possession, and the person is the named license holder or an alternate operator designated on the license and the person's license is not suspended.

(3) A valid Oregon license that is equivalent to a license under this title is valid in the concurrent waters of the Columbia river if the state of Oregon recognizes as valid the equivalent Washington license.  The director may identify by rule what Oregon licenses are equivalent.

(4) No license or permit is required for the production or harvesting of private sector cultured aquatic products as defined in RCW 15.85.020 or for the delivery, processing, or wholesaling of such aquatic products.  However, if a means of identifying such products is required by rules adopted under RCW 15.85.060, the exemption from licensing or permit requirements established by this subsection applies only if the aquatic products are identified in conformance with those rules.

Sec. 8.  RCW 77.65.370 and 1998 c 190 s 98 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person shall not offer or perform the services of a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide without a food fish guide license in the taking of ((salmon)) food fish for personal use in freshwater rivers and streams, ((other than in that part of the Columbia river below the bridge at Longview, without a professional salmon guide license)) except that a charter boat license is required to operate a vessel from which a person may for a fee fish for food fish in state waters listed in RCW 77.65.150(4)(b).

(2) Only an individual at least sixteen years of age may hold a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide license.  No individual may hold more than one ((professional salmon)) food fish guide license.

Sec. 9.  RCW 77.65.440 and 2000 c 107 s 55 are each amended to read as follows:


The director shall issue the personal licenses listed in this section according to the requirements of this title.  The licenses and their annual fees are:

 

Personal License

Annual Fee

Governing

 

(RCW 77.95.090 Surcharge)

Section

 

Resident

Nonresident

 

(1) Alternate Operator

$  35

$  35

RCW 77.65.130

(2) Geoduck Diver

$185

$295

RCW 77.65.410

(3) ((Salmon)) Food

Fish Guide

$130

$630

RCW 77.65.370

 

 

(plus $20)

(plus $100)

 

Sec. 10.  RCW 77.15.510 and 2001 c 253 s 43 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of ((commercial)) acting as a game fish ((guiding)) guide,  food fish guide, or chartering without a license if:

(a) The person operates a charter boat and does not hold the charter boat license required for the food fish taken;

(b) The person acts as a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide and does not hold a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide license; or

(c) The person acts as a game fish guide and does not hold a game fish guide license.

(2) ((Commercial)) Acting without a game fish ((guiding or chartering without a)) guide license, food fish guide license, or charter license is a gross misdemeanor.

Sec. 11.  RCW 77.65.480 and 1991 sp.s. c 7 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A taxidermy license allows the holder to practice taxidermy for ((profit)) commercial purposes, as that term is defined in RCW 77.15.110.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars.

(2) A fur dealer's license allows the holder to purchase, receive, or resell raw furs for ((profit)) commercial purposes, as that term is defined in RCW 77.15.110.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars.

(3) A ((fishing)) game fish guide license allows the holder to offer or perform the services of a ((professional)) game fish guide in the taking of game fish.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars for a resident and six hundred dollars for a nonresident.

      (4) A game farm license allows the holder to operate a game farm to acquire, breed, grow, keep, and sell wildlife under conditions prescribed by the rules adopted pursuant to this title.  The fee for this license is seventy-two dollars for the first year and forty-eight dollars for each following year.

(5) A game fish stocking permit allows the holder to release game fish into the waters of the state as prescribed by rule of the commission.  The fee for this permit is twenty-four dollars.

(6) A fishing or field trial permit allows the holder to promote, conduct, hold, or sponsor a fishing or field trial contest in accordance with rules of the commission.  The fee for a fishing contest permit is twenty-four dollars.  The fee for a field trial contest permit is twenty-four dollars.

(7)(a) An anadromous game fish buyer's license allows the holder to purchase or sell steelhead trout and other anadromous game fish harvested by Indian ((fishermen)) fishers lawfully exercising fishing rights reserved by federal statute, treaty, or executive order, under conditions prescribed by rule of the director.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars.

(b) An anadromous game fish buyer's license is not required for those businesses that buy steelhead trout and other anadromous game fish from Washington licensed game fish dealers and sell solely at retail.

Sec. 12.  RCW 77.08.010 and 2008 c 277 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

The definitions in this section apply throughout this title or rules adopted under this title unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(1) "Angling gear" means a line attached to a rod and reel capable of being held in hand while landing the fish or a hand-held line operated without rod or reel.

(2) "Aquatic invasive species" means any invasive, prohibited, regulated, unregulated, or unlisted aquatic animal or plant species as defined under subsections (((48) through (53))) (3), (28), (40), (44), (58), and (59) of this section, aquatic noxious weeds as defined under RCW 17.26.020(5)(c), and aquatic nuisance species as defined under RCW 77.60.130(1).

      (3) "Aquatic plant species" means an emergent, submersed, partially submersed, free-floating, or floating-leaving plant species that grows in or near a body of water or wetland.

(4) "Bag limit" means the maximum number of game animals, game birds, or game fish which may be taken, caught, killed, or possessed by a person, as specified by rule of the commission for a particular period of time, or as to size, sex, or species.

(5) "Closed area" means a place where the hunting of some or all species of wild animals or wild birds is prohibited.

(6) "Closed season" means all times, manners of taking, and places or waters other than those established by rule of the commission as an open season.  "Closed season" also means all hunting, fishing, taking, or possession of game animals, game birds, game fish, food fish, or shellfish that do not conform to the special restrictions or physical descriptions established by rule of the commission as an open season or that have not otherwise been deemed legal to hunt, fish, take, harvest, or possess by rule of the commission as an open season.

(7) "Closed waters" means all or part of a lake, river, stream, or other body of water, where fishing or harvesting is prohibited.

(8) "Commercial" means related to or connected with buying, selling, or bartering.

(9) "Commission" means the state fish and wildlife commission.

(10) "Concurrent waters of the Columbia river" means those waters of the Columbia river that coincide with the Washington-Oregon state boundary.

(11) "Contraband" means any property that is unlawful to produce or possess.

(12) "Deleterious exotic wildlife" means species of the animal kingdom not native to Washington and designated as dangerous to the environment or wildlife of the state.

(((12))) (13) "Department" means the department of fish and wildlife.

(((13))) (14) "Director" means the director of fish and wildlife.

(((14))) (15) "Endangered species" means wildlife designated by the commission as seriously threatened with extinction.

(((15))) (16) "Ex officio fish and wildlife officer" means a commissioned officer of a municipal, county, state, or federal agency having as its primary function the enforcement of criminal laws in general, while the officer is in the appropriate jurisdiction.  The term "ex officio fish and wildlife officer" includes special agents of the national marine fisheries service, state parks commissioned officers, United States fish and wildlife special agents, department of natural resources enforcement officers, and United States forest service officers, while the agents and officers are within their respective jurisdictions.

(((16))) (17) "Fish" includes all species classified as game fish or food fish by statute or rule, as well as all fin fish not currently classified as food fish or game fish if such species exist in state waters.  The term "fish" includes all stages of development and the bodily parts of fish species.


(((17))) (18) "Fish and wildlife officer" means a person appointed and commissioned by the director, with authority to enforce this title and rules adopted pursuant to this title, and other statutes as prescribed by the legislature.  Fish and wildlife officer includes a person commissioned before June 11, 1998, as a wildlife agent or a fisheries patrol officer.

(((18))) (19) "Fish broker" means a person whose business it is to bring a seller of fish and shellfish and a purchaser of those fish and shellfish together.

(20) "Fishery" means the taking of one or more particular species of fish or shellfish with particular gear in a particular geographical area.

(((19))) (21) "Freshwater" means all waters not defined as saltwater including, but not limited to, rivers upstream of the river mouth, lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.

(((20))) (22) "Fur-bearing animals" means game animals that shall not be trapped except as authorized by the commission.

(((21))) (23) "Game animals" means wild animals that shall not be hunted except as authorized by the commission.

(((22))) (24) "Game birds" means wild birds that shall not be hunted except as authorized by the commission.

(((23))) (25) "Game farm" means property on which wildlife is held or raised for commercial purposes, trade, or gift.  The term "game farm" does not include publicly owned facilities.

(((24))) (26) "Game reserve" means a closed area where hunting for all wild animals and wild birds is prohibited.

      (((25))) (27) "Illegal items" means those items unlawful to be possessed.

(28) "Invasive species" means a plant species or a nonnative animal species that either:

(a) Causes or may cause displacement of, or otherwise threatens, native species in their natural communities;

(b) Threatens or may threaten natural resources or their use in the state;

(c) Causes or may cause economic damage to commercial or recreational activities that are dependent upon state waters; or

(d) Threatens or harms human health.

(((26))) (29) "License year" means the period of time for which a recreational license is valid.  The license year begins April 1st, and ends March 31st.

(((27))) (30) "Limited-entry license" means a license subject to a license limitation program established in chapter 77.70 RCW.

(((28))) (31) "Money" means all currency, script, personal checks, money orders, or other negotiable instruments.

(32) "Nonresident" means a person who has not fulfilled the qualifications of a resident.

(((29))) (33) "Offshore waters" means marine waters of the Pacific Ocean outside the territorial boundaries of the state, including the marine waters of other states and countries.

(((30))) (34) "Open season" means those times, manners of taking, and places or waters established by rule of the commission for the lawful hunting, fishing, taking, or possession of game animals, game birds, game fish, food fish, or shellfish that conform to the special restrictions or physical descriptions established by rule of the commission or that have otherwise been deemed legal to hunt, fish, take, harvest, or possess by rule of the commission.  "Open season" includes the first and last days of the established time.

(((31))) (35) "Owner" means the person in whom is vested the ownership dominion, or title of the property.

(36) "Person" means and includes an individual; a corporation; a public or private entity or organization; a local, state, or federal agency; all business organizations, including corporations and partnerships; or a group of two or more individuals acting with a common purpose whether acting in an individual, representative, or official capacity.

(((32))) (37) "Personal use" means for the private use of the individual taking the fish or shellfish and not for sale or barter.

(((33))) (38) "Personal property" or "property" includes both corporeal and incorporeal personal property and includes, among other property, contraband and money.

(39) "Predatory birds" means wild birds that may be hunted throughout the year as authorized by the commission.

(((34))) (40) "Prohibited aquatic animal species" means an invasive species of the animal kingdom that has been classified as a prohibited aquatic animal species by the commission.

(((35))) (41) "Protected wildlife" means wildlife designated by the commission that shall not be hunted or fished.

(((36))) (42) "Raffle" means an activity in which tickets bearing an individual number are sold for not more than twenty-five dollars each and in which a permit or permits are awarded to hunt or for access to hunt big game animals or wild turkeys on the basis of a drawing from the tickets by the person or persons conducting the raffle.

(((37))) (43) "Recreational and commercial watercraft" includes the boat, as well as equipment used to transport the boat, and any auxiliary equipment such as attached or detached outboard motors.

(((38))) (44) "Regulated aquatic animal species" means a potentially invasive species of the animal kingdom that has been classified as a regulated aquatic animal species by the commission.

(((39))) (45) "Resident" means:

(a) A person who has maintained a permanent place of abode within the state for at least ninety days immediately preceding an application for a license, has established by formal evidence an intent to continue residing within the state, and who is not licensed to hunt or fish as a resident in another state; and

(b) A person age eighteen or younger who does not qualify as a resident under (a) of this subsection, but who has a parent that qualifies as a resident under (a) of this subsection.

(((40))) (46) "Retail-eligible species" means commercially harvested salmon, crab, and sturgeon.

(((41))) (47) "Saltwater" means those marine waters seaward of river mouths.

      (((42))) (48) "Seaweed" means marine aquatic plant species that are dependent upon the marine aquatic or tidal environment, and exist in either an attached or free floating form, and includes but is not limited to marine aquatic plants in the classes Chlorophyta, Phaeophyta, and Rhodophyta.

(((43))) (49) "Senior" means a person seventy years old or older.

(((44))) (50) "Shellfish" means those species of marine and freshwater invertebrates that have been classified and that shall not be taken except as authorized by rule of the commission.  The term "shellfish" includes all stages of development and the bodily parts of shellfish species.

(((45))) (51) "State waters" means all marine waters and fresh waters within ordinary high water lines and within the territorial boundaries of the state.

(((46))) (52) "To fish," "to harvest," and "to take," and their derivatives means an effort to kill, injure, harass, or catch a fish or shellfish.

(((47))) (53) "To hunt" and its derivatives means an effort to kill, injure, capture, or harass a wild animal or wild bird.

(((48))) (54) "To process" and its derivatives mean preparing or preserving fish, wildlife, or shellfish.

(((49))) (55) "To trap" and its derivatives means a method of hunting using devices to capture wild animals or wild birds.

(((50))) (56) "Trafficking" means offering, attempting to engage, or engaging in sale, barter, or purchase of fish, shellfish, wildlife, or deleterious exotic wildlife.

(((51))) (57) "Unclaimed" means that no owner of the property has been identified or has requested, in writing, the release of the property to themselves nor has the owner of the property designated an individual to receive the property or paid the required postage to effect delivery of the property.


(58) "Unlisted aquatic animal species" means a nonnative animal species that has not been classified as a prohibited aquatic animal species, a regulated aquatic animal species, or an unregulated aquatic animal species by the commission.

(((52))) (59) "Unregulated aquatic animal species" means a nonnative animal species that has been classified as an unregulated aquatic animal species by the commission.

      (((53))) (60) "Wholesale fish dealer" means a person who, acting for commercial purposes, takes possession or ownership of fish or shellfish and sells, barters, or exchanges or attempts to sell, barter, or exchange fish or shellfish that have been landed into the state of Washington or entered the state of Washington in interstate or foreign commerce.

(61) "Wild animals" means those species of the class Mammalia whose members exist in Washington in a wild state and the species Rana catesbeiana (bullfrog).  The term "wild animal" does not include feral domestic mammals or old world rats and mice of the family Muridae of the order Rodentia.

(((54))) (62) "Wild birds" means those species of the class Aves whose members exist in Washington in a wild state.

(((55))) (63) "Wildlife" means all species of the animal kingdom whose members exist in Washington in a wild state.  This includes but is not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates.  The term "wildlife" does not include feral domestic mammals, old world rats and mice of the family Muridae of the order Rodentia, or those fish, shellfish, and marine invertebrates classified as food fish or shellfish by the director.  The term "wildlife" includes all stages of development and the bodily parts of wildlife members.

(((56))) (64) "Youth" means a person fifteen years old for fishing and under sixteen years old for hunting.

Sec. 13.  RCW 77.12.170 and 2005 c 418 s 3, 2005 c 225 s 4, 2005 c 224 s 4, and 2005 c 42 s 4 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:

(1) There is established in the state treasury the state wildlife account which consists of moneys received from:

(a) Rentals or concessions of the department;

(b) The sale of real or personal property held for department purposes, unless the property is seized or recovered through a fish, shellfish, or wildlife enforcement action;

(c) The assessment of administrative penalties, and the sale of licenses, permits, tags, and stamps required by chapter 77.32 RCW and RCW 77.65.490, except annual resident adult saltwater and all annual razor clam and shellfish licenses, which shall be deposited into the state general fund;

(d) Fees for informational materials published by the department;

(e) Fees for personalized vehicle, Wild on Washington, and Endangered Wildlife license plates and Washington's Wildlife license plate collection as provided in chapter 46.16 RCW;

(f) Articles or wildlife sold by the director under this title;

(g) Compensation for damage to department property or wildlife losses or contributions, gifts, or grants received under RCW 77.12.320. However, this excludes fish and shellfish overages, and court-ordered restitution or donations associated with any fish, shellfish, or wildlife enforcement action, as such moneys must be deposited pursuant to RCW 77.15.425;

(h) Excise tax on anadromous game fish collected under chapter 82.27 RCW;

(i) ((The sale of personal property seized by the department for fish, shellfish, or wildlife violations;

(j))) The department's share of revenues from auctions and raffles authorized by the commission; and

(((k))) (j) The sale of watchable wildlife decals under RCW 77.32.560.

(2) State and county officers receiving any moneys listed in subsection (1) of this section shall deposit them in the state treasury to be credited to the state wildlife account.

 

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 14.  A new section is added to chapter 77.15 RCW to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful use of a department permit if the person:

(a) Violates any terms or conditions of the permit issued by the department or the director; or

(b) Violates any rule of the commission or the director applicable to the requirement for, issuance of, or use of the permit.

(2) Permits covered under subsection (1) of this section include, but are not limited to, master hunter permits, depredation permits, landowner hunting permits, commercial carp license permits, permits to possess or dispense beer or malt liquor pursuant to RCW 66.28.210, and permits to hold, sponsor, or attend an event requiring a banquet permit from the liquor control board.  Permits excluded from subsection (1) of this section include fish and wildlife lands vehicle use permits, commercial use or activity permits, noncommercial use or activity permits, parking permits, experimental fishery permits, trial commercial fishery permits, and scientific collection permits.

(3) Unlawful use of a department permit is a misdemeanor.

(4) A person is guilty of unlawful use of an experimental fishery permit or a trial commercial fishery permit if the person:

(a) Violates any terms or conditions of the permit issued by the department or the director; or

(b) Violates any rule of the commission or the director applicable to the issuance or use of the permit.

(5) Unlawful use of an experimental fishery permit or a trial commercial fishery permit is a gross misdemeanor.

(6) The definitions in this subsection apply throughout this section unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(a) "Experimental fishery permit" means a permit issued by the director for either:

(i) An "emerging commercial fishery," defined as a fishery for a newly classified species for which the department has determined that there is a need to limit participation; or

(ii) An "expanding commercial fishery," defined as a fishery for a previously classified species in a new area, by a new method, or at a new effort level, for which the department has determined that there is a need to limit participation.

(b) "Trial commercial fishery permit" means a permit issued by the department for trial harvest of a newly classified species or harvest of a previously classified species in a new area or by a new means.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 15.  A new section is added to chapter 77.32 RCW to read as follows:

(1) In order to effectively manage wildlife in areas or at times when a higher proficiency and demonstrated skill level are needed for resource protection or public safety, the department establishes the master hunter permit program.  The master hunter permit program emphasizes safe, ethical, responsible, and lawful hunting practices. Program goals include improving the public's perception of hunting and perpetuating the highest hunting standards.

      (2) A master hunter permit is required to participate in controlled hunts to eliminate problem animals that damage property or threaten public safety.  The commission may establish by rule the requirements an applicant must comply with when applying for or renewing a master hunter permit, including but not limited to a criminal background check.  The director may establish an advisory group to assist the department with administering the master hunter program.


(3) The fee for an initial master hunter permit may not exceed fifty dollars, and the cost of renewing a master hunter permit may not exceed twenty-five dollars.  Funds generated under this section must be deposited into the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account established in RCW 77.15.425, and the funds must be used exclusively to administer the master hunter program.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 16.  A new section is added to chapter 77.15 RCW to read as follows:

(1) The department may suspend a person's master hunter permit for the following reasons and corresponding lengths of time:

(a) If the person pays the required fine or is found to have committed an infraction under this chapter or the department's rules, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for two years;

(b) If the person pays the required fine or is convicted of a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony under this chapter, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

(c) If the person pays the required fine or is convicted of trespass, reckless endangerment, criminal conspiracy, or making a false statement to law enforcement while hunting, fishing, or engaging in any activity regulated by the department, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

(d) If the person pays the required fine or is convicted of a felony prohibiting the possession of firearms, unless firearm possession is reinstated, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

(e) If the person has a hunting or fishing license revoked or has hunting or fishing license privileges suspended in another state, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

      (f) If the person is cited, or charged by complaint, for an offense under this chapter; or for trespass, reckless endangerment, criminal conspiracy, or making a false statement to law enforcement while hunting, fishing, or engaging in any activity regulated by the department, the department may immediately suspend the person's master hunter permit until the offense has been adjudicated; or

(g) If the person submits fraudulent information to the department, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life.

(2) Any master hunter who is notified of an intended suspension may request an appeal hearing under chapter 34.05 RCW.

Sec. 17.  RCW 77.15.370 and 2005 c 406 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful recreational fishing in the first degree if:

(a) The person takes, possesses, or retains two times or more than the bag limit or possession limit of fish or shellfish allowed by any rule of the director or commission setting the amount of food fish, game fish, or shellfish that can be taken, possessed, or retained for noncommercial use;

(b) The person fishes in a fishway;

(c) The person shoots, gaffs, snags, snares, spears, dipnets, or stones fish or shellfish in state waters, or possesses fish or shellfish taken by such means, unless such means are authorized by express rule of the commission or director; ((or))

(d) The person fishes for or possesses a fish listed as threatened or endangered in 50 C.F.R. Sec. 17.11 (2002), unless fishing for or possession of such fish is specifically allowed under federal or state law; or

(e) The person possesses a sturgeon measuring in excess of the maximum size limit as established by rules adopted by the department.

(2) Unlawful recreational fishing in the first degree is a gross misdemeanor.

Sec. 18.  RCW 77.15.425 and 2006 c 148 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

The fish and wildlife enforcement reward account is created in the custody of the state treasurer.  ((All receipts from criminal wildlife penalty assessments under RCW 77.15.420 and 77.15.400 must be deposited into the account.))  Deposits to the account include:  Receipts from fish and shellfish overages as a result of a department enforcement action; fees for hunter education deferral applications; fees for master hunter applications and master hunter certification renewals; all receipts from criminal wildlife penalty assessments under RCW 77.15.400 and 77.15.420; all receipts of court-ordered restitution or donations associated with any fish, shellfish, or wildlife enforcement action; and proceeds from forfeitures and evidence pursuant to RCW 77.15.070 and 77.15.100.  The department may accept money or personal property from persons under conditions requiring the property or money to be used consistent with the intent of expenditures from the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account.  Expenditures from the account may be used only for investigation and prosecution of fish and wildlife offenses, to provide rewards to persons informing the department about violations of this title and rules adopted under this title, to offset department-approved costs incurred to administer the hunter education deferral program and the master hunter program, and for other valid enforcement uses as determined by the commission.  Only the director or the director's designee may authorize expenditures from the account. The account is subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW, but an appropriation is not required for expenditures.

Sec. 19.  RCW 77.15.568 and 2007 c 337 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of a secondary commercial fish receiver's failure to account for commercial harvest if:

(a) The person sells fish or shellfish at retail, stores or holds fish or shellfish for another in exchange for valuable consideration, ships fish or shellfish in exchange for valuable consideration, or brokers fish or shellfish in exchange for valuable consideration;

(b) The fish or shellfish were required to be entered on a Washington fish receiving ticket or a Washington aquatic farm production annual report; and

(c) The person fails to maintain records of each receipt of fish or shellfish, as required under subsections (3) through (5) of this section, at the location where the fish or shellfish are being sold, at the location where the fish or shellfish are being stored or held, or at the principal place of business of the shipper or broker.

(2) This section ((does not apply)) applies to a wholesale fish dealer((,)) acting in the capacity of a broker.  However, this section does not apply to a wholesale fish dealer acting in the capacity of a wholesale fish dealer, to a fisher selling under a direct retail sale endorsement, or to a registered aquatic farmer.

(3) Records of the receipt of fish or shellfish required to be kept under this section must be in the English language and be maintained for three years from the date fish or shellfish are received, shipped, or brokered.

(4) Records maintained by persons that retail or broker must include the following:

(a) The name, address, and phone number of the wholesale fish dealer, fisher selling under a direct retail sale endorsement, or aquatic farmer or shellstock shipper from whom the fish or shellfish were purchased or received;

(b) The Washington fish receiving ticket number documenting original receipt or aquatic farm production quarterly report documenting production, if available;

(c) The date of purchase or receipt; and

(d) The amount and species of fish or shellfish purchased or received.

(5) Records maintained by persons that store, hold, or ship fish or shellfish for others must state the following:

(a) The name, address, and phone number of the person and business from whom the fish or shellfish were received;


(b) The date of receipt; and

(c) The amount and species of fish or shellfish received.

(6) A secondary commercial fish receiver's failure to account for commercial harvest is a misdemeanor.

Sec. 20.  RCW 77.15.620 and 2002 c 301 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the second degree if the person:

      (a) Engages in the commercial processing of fish or shellfish, including custom canning or processing of personal use fish or shellfish and does not hold a wholesale dealer's license required by RCW 77.65.280(1) or 77.65.480 for anadromous game fish, or a direct retail endorsement under RCW 77.65.510;

(b) Engages in the wholesale selling, buying, or brokering of food fish or shellfish and does not hold a wholesale dealer's or buying license required by RCW 77.65.280(2) or 77.65.480 for anadromous game fish;

(c) Is a fisher who lands and sells his or her catch or harvest in the state to anyone other than a licensed wholesale dealer within or outside the state and does not hold a direct retail endorsement required by RCW 77.65.510; or

(d) Engages in the commercial manufacture or preparation of fertilizer, oil, meal, caviar, fish bait, or other byproducts from food fish or shellfish and does not hold a wholesale dealer's license required by RCW 77.65.280(4) or 77.65.480 for anadromous game fish.

(2) Engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the second degree is a gross misdemeanor.

(3) A person is guilty of engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the first degree if the person commits the act described by subsection (1) of this section and the violation involves:  (a) Fish or shellfish worth two hundred fifty dollars or more; (b) a failure to document such fish or shellfish with a fish receiving ticket or other documentation required by statute or rule of the department; or (c) violates any other rule of the department regarding wholesale fish buying and dealing.  Engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the first degree is a class C felony.

Sec. 21.  RCW 77.12.870 and 2002 c 20 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department, in consultation with the Northwest straits commission, the department of natural resources, and other interested parties, must create and maintain a database of known derelict fishing gear, including the type of gear and its location.

(2) A person who loses or abandons commercial fishing gear within the waters of the state is encouraged to report the location of the loss and the type of gear lost to the department within forty-eight hours of the loss.

(((3) The department, in consultation with fishing industry groups and tribal comanagers, must evaluate methods to reduce future losses of fishing gear and report the results of this evaluation to the appropriate legislative committees by January 1, 2003.))

Sec. 22.  RCW 77.12.879 and 2007 c 350 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The aquatic invasive species prevention account is created in the state treasury.  Moneys directed to the account from RCW 88.02.050 must be deposited in the account.  Expenditures from the account may only be used as provided in this section.  Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation.

(2) Funds in the aquatic invasive species prevention account may be appropriated to the department to develop an aquatic invasive species prevention program for recreational and commercial watercraft.  Funds must be expended as follows:

(a) To inspect recreational and commercial watercraft;

(b) To educate general law enforcement officers on how to enforce state laws relating to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species;

(c) To evaluate and survey the risk posed by recreational and commercial watercraft in spreading aquatic invasive species into Washington state waters;

(d) To evaluate the risk posed by float planes in spreading aquatic invasive species into Washington state waters; and

(e) To implement an aquatic invasive species early detection and rapid response plan.  The plan must address the treatment and immediate response to the introduction to Washington waters of aquatic invasive species.  Agency and public review of the plan must be conducted under chapter 43.21C RCW, the state environmental policy act.  If the implementation measures or actions would have a probable significant adverse environmental impact, a detailed statement under chapter 43.21C RCW must be prepared on the plan.

(3) Funds in the aquatic invasive species enforcement account created in RCW 43.43.400 may be appropriated to the department and Washington state patrol to develop an aquatic invasive species enforcement program for recreational and commercial watercraft.  The department shall provide training to Washington state patrol employees working at port of entry weigh stations, and other local law enforcement employees, on how to inspect recreational and commercial watercraft for the presence of aquatic invasive species.  A person who enters Washington transporting any commercial or recreational watercraft that has been used in any designated aquatic invasive species state or foreign country as defined by rule of the department must have in his or her possession valid documentation that the watercraft has been inspected and found free of aquatic invasive species.  The department is authorized to require persons transporting recreational and commercial watercraft to stop at check stations. Check stations must be plainly marked by signs, operated by at least one uniformed fish and wildlife officer, and operated in a safe manner. Any person stopped at a check station who possesses a recreational or commercial watercraft that has been used in any designated aquatic invasive species state or foreign country as defined by rule of the department, or that is contaminated with aquatic invasive species, must bear the expense for any necessary impoundment, transportation, cleaning, and decontamination of the watercraft.  Any person stopped at a check station who possesses a recreational or commercial watercraft that has been used in any designated aquatic invasive species state or foreign country as defined by rule of the department, or that is contaminated with aquatic invasive species, is exempt from the criminal penalties found in RCW 77.15.253 and 77.15.290, and forfeiture under RCW 77.15.070, if that person complies with all department directives for the proper decontamination of the watercraft and equipment.

(4) The department shall submit a biennial report to the appropriate legislative committees describing the actions taken to implement this section along with suggestions on how to better fulfill the intent of chapter 464, Laws of 2005.  ((The first report is due December 1, 2007.))

Sec. 23.  RCW 77.60.150 and 2001 c 273 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department shall initiate a pilot project to evaluate the feasibility and potential of intensively culturing shellfish on currently nonproductive oyster reserve land in Puget Sound.  The pilot program shall include no fewer than three long-term lease agreements with commercial shellfish growers.  Except as provided in subsection (((4))) (3) of this section, revenues from the lease of such lands shall be deposited in the oyster reserve land account created in RCW 77.60.160.


(2) The department shall form one advisory committee each for the Willapa Bay oyster reserve lands and the Puget Sound oyster reserve lands.  The advisory committees shall make recommendations on management practices to conserve, protect, and develop oyster reserve lands.  The advisory committees may make recommendations regarding the management practices on oyster reserve lands, in particular to ensure that they are managed in a manner that will:  (a) Increase revenue through production of high-value shellfish; (b) not be detrimental to the market for shellfish grown on nonreserve lands; and (c) avoid negative impacts to existing shellfish populations.  The advisory committees may also make recommendation on the distribution of funds in RCW 77.60.160(2)(a).  The department shall attempt to structure each advisory committee to include equal representation between shellfish growers that participate in reserve sales and shellfish growers that do not.

(3) ((The department shall submit a brief progress report on the status of the pilot programs to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature by January 7, 2003.

(4))) The department of natural resources, in consultation with the department of fish and wildlife, shall administer the leases for oyster reserves entered into under this chapter.  In administering the leases, the department of natural resources shall exercise its authority under RCW ((79.96.090)) 79.135.300.  Vacation of state oyster reserves by the department ((of fish and wildlife)) shall not be a requirement for the department of natural resources to lease any oyster reserves under this section.  The department of natural resources may recover reasonable costs directly associated with the administration of the leases for oyster reserves entered into under this chapter.  All administrative fees collected by the department of natural resources pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the resource management cost account established in RCW 79.64.020.  The department of ((fish and wildlife)) may not assess charges to recover the costs of consulting with the department of natural resources under this subsection.

      (((5))) (4) The Puget Sound pilot program shall not include the culture of geoduck.

Sec. 24.  RCW 77.85.230 and 2003 c 391 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) In consultation with the appropriate task force formed under RCW 77.85.220, the conservation commission may contract with universities, private consultants, nonprofit groups, or other entities to assist it in developing a plan incorporating the following elements:

(a) An inventory of existing tide gates located on streams in the county.  The inventory shall include location, age, type, and maintenance history of the tide gates and other factors as determined by the appropriate task force in consultation with the county and diking and drainage districts;

(b) An assessment of the role of tide gates located on streams in the county; the role of intertidal fish habitat for various life stages of salmon; the quantity and characterization of intertidal fish habitat currently accessible to fish; the quantity and characterization of the present intertidal fish habitat created at the time the dikes and outlets were constructed; the quantity of potential intertidal fish habitat on public lands and alternatives to enhance this habitat; the effects of saltwater intrusion on agricultural land, including the effects of backfeeding of saltwater through the underground drainage system; the role of tide gates in drainage systems, including relieving excess water from saturated soil and providing reservoir functions between tides; the effect of saturated soils on production of crops; the characteristics of properly functioning intertidal fish habitat; a map of agricultural lands designated by the county as having long-term commercial significance and the effect of that designation; and the economic impacts to existing land uses for various alternatives for tide gate alteration; and

(c) A long-term plan for intertidal salmon habitat enhancement to meet the goals of salmon recovery and protection of agricultural lands. The proposal shall consider all other means to achieve salmon recovery without converting farmland.  The proposal shall include methods to increase fish passage and otherwise enhance intertidal habitat on public lands pursuant to subsection (2) of this section, voluntary methods to increase fish passage on private lands, a priority list of intertidal salmon enhancement projects, and recommendations for funding of high priority projects.  The task force also may propose pilot projects that will be designed to test and measure the success of various proposed strategies.

(2) In conjunction with other public landowners and the appropriate task force formed under RCW 77.85.220, the department shall develop an initial salmon intertidal habitat enhancement plan for public lands in the county.  The initial plan shall include a list of public properties in the intertidal zone that could be enhanced for salmon, a description of how those properties could be altered to support salmon, a description of costs and sources of funds to enhance the property, and a strategy and schedule for prioritizing the enhancement of public lands for intertidal salmon habitat.  This initial plan shall be submitted to the appropriate task force at least six months before the deadline established in subsection (3) of this section.

(3) The final intertidal salmon enhancement plan shall be completed within two years from the date the task force is formed under RCW 77.85.220 and funding has been secured.  A final plan shall be submitted by the appropriate task force to the lead entity for the geographic area established under this chapter.

Sec. 25.  RCW 77.85.050 and 2005 c 309 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

(1)(a) Counties, cities, and tribal governments must jointly designate, by resolution or by letters of support, the area for which a habitat project list is to be developed and the lead entity that is to be responsible for submitting the habitat project list.  No project included on a habitat project list shall be considered mandatory in nature and no private landowner may be forced or coerced into participation in any respect.  The lead entity may be a county, city, conservation district, special district, tribal government, regional recovery organization, or other entity.

(b) The lead entity shall establish a committee that consists of representative interests of counties, cities, conservation districts, tribes, environmental groups, business interests, landowners, citizens, volunteer groups, regional fish enhancement groups, and other habitat interests.  The purpose of the committee is to provide a citizen-based evaluation of the projects proposed to promote salmon habitat. 

      (c) The committee shall compile a list of habitat projects, establish priorities for individual projects, define the sequence for project implementation, and submit these activities as the habitat project list.  The committee shall also identify potential federal, state, local, and private funding sources.

(2) The area covered by the habitat project list must be based, at a minimum, on a WRIA, combination of WRIAs, or any other area as agreed to by the counties, cities, and tribes in resolutions or in letters of support meeting the requirements of this subsection.  Preference will be given to projects in an area that contain a salmon species that is listed or proposed for listing under the federal endangered species act.

(3) The lead entity shall submit the habitat project list to the (([salmon recovery funding])) salmon recovery funding board in accordance with procedures adopted by the board.

Sec. 26.  RCW 77.120.030 and 2007 c 350 s 10 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The owner or operator in charge of any vessel covered by this chapter is required to ensure that the vessel under their ownership or control does not discharge ballast water into the waters of the state except as authorized by this section.


(2) Discharge of ballast water into waters of the state is authorized only if there has been an open sea exchange, or if the vessel has treated its ballast water, to meet standards set by the department consistent with applicable state and federal laws.

(3) The department, in consultation with ((the ballast water work group, or similar)) a collaborative forum, shall adopt by rule standards for the discharge of ballast water into the waters of the state and their implementation timelines.  The standards are intended to ensure that the discharge of ballast water poses minimal risk of introducing nonindigenous species.  In developing these standards, the department shall consider the extent to which the requirement is technologically and practically feasible.  Where practical and appropriate, the standards must be compatible with standards set by the United States coast guard, the federal clean water act (33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251-1387), or the international maritime organization.

      (4) The master, operator, or person in charge of a vessel is not required to conduct an open sea exchange or treatment of ballast water if the master, operator, or person in charge of a vessel determines that the operation would threaten the safety of the vessel, its crew, or its passengers, because of adverse weather, vessel design limitations, equipment failure, or any other extraordinary conditions. A master, operator, or person in charge of a vessel who relies on this exemption must file documentation defined by the department, subject to:  (a) Payment of a fee not to exceed five thousand dollars; (b) discharging only the minimal amount of ballast water operationally necessary; (c) ensuring that ballast water records accurately reflect any reasons for not complying with the mandatory requirements; and (d) any other requirements identified by the department by rule as provided in subsections (3) and (6) of this section.

(5) For treatment technologies requiring shipyard modification, the department may enter into a compliance plan with the vessel owner.  The compliance plan must include a timeline consistent with drydock and shipyard schedules for completion of the modification.  The department shall adopt rules for compliance plans under this subsection.

(6) For an exemption claimed in subsection (4) of this section, the department shall adopt rules for defining exemption conditions, requirements, compliance plans, or alternative ballast water management strategies to meet the intent of this section.

(7) The department shall make every effort to align ballast water standards with adopted international and federal standards while ensuring that the goals of this chapter are met.

(8) The requirements of this section do not apply to a vessel discharging ballast water or sediments that originated solely within the waters of Washington ((state)), the Columbia river system, or the internal waters of British Columbia south of latitude fifty degrees north, including the waters of the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca.

(9) Open sea exchange is an exchange that occurs fifty or more nautical miles offshore.  If the United States coast guard requires a vessel to conduct an exchange further offshore, then that distance is the required distance for purposes of compliance with this chapter.

Sec. 27.  RCW 77.120.110 and 2007 c 350 s 14 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The ballast water management account is created in the state treasury.  All receipts from legislative appropriations, gifts, grants, donations, penalties, and fees received under this chapter must be deposited into the account.

(2) Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation. Expenditures from the account may be used only to carry out the purposes of this chapter or support the goals of this chapter through research and monitoring except:

(a) Expenditures may not be used for the salaries of permanent department employees; and

(b) Penalties deposited into the account may be used((, in consultation with the ballast water work group created in section 11 of this act,)) only to support basic and applied research and carry out education and outreach related to the state's ballast water management.

Sec. 28.  RCW 77.120.120 and 2007 c 350 s 15 are each amended to read as follows:

The department may issue a special operating authorization for passenger vessels conducting or assisting in research and testing activities to determine the presence of invasive species in ballast water collected in the waters of southeast Alaska north of latitude fifty-four degrees thirty minutes north to sixty-one degrees ten minutes north, extending to longitude one hundred forty-nine degrees thirty minutes west.  ((Such testing and research shall be reviewed by the ballast water work group, who may make recommendations to the department.))  The department may adopt rules for defining special operating authorization conditions, requirements, limitations, and fees as necessary to implement this section, consistent with the intent of this chapter.

Sec. 29.  RCW 77.95.200 and 1998 c 251 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department shall develop and implement a program utilizing remote site incubators in Washington state.  The program shall identify sites in tributaries that are suitable for reestablishing self-sustaining, locally adapted populations of coho, chum, or chinook salmon.  The initial selection of sites shall be ((completed by July 1, 1999, and)) updated annually ((thereafter)).

      (2) The department may only approve a remote site incubator project if the department deems it is consistent with the conservation of wild salmon and trout.  The department shall only utilize appropriate salmonid eggs in remote site incubators, and may acquire eggs by gift or purchase.

(3) The department shall depend chiefly upon volunteer efforts to implement the remote site incubator program through volunteer cooperative projects and the regional fisheries enhancement groups. The department may prioritize remote site incubator projects within regional enhancement areas.

(4) The department may purchase remote site incubators and may use agency employees to construct remote site incubators.  ((The director and the secretary of the department of corrections shall jointly investigate the potential of producing remote site incubators through the prison industries program of the department of corrections, and shall jointly report their finding to the natural resources committees of the house of representatives and the senate by December 1, 1999.))

(5) The department shall investigate the use of the remote site incubator technology for the production of warm water fish.

(6) ((The department shall evaluate the initial results of the program and report to the legislature by December 1, 2000.))  Annual reports on the progress of the program shall be provided to the fish and wildlife commission.

Sec. 30.  RCW 77.95.310 and 1997 c 414 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

((Beginning September 1, 1998, and each September 1st thereafter,)) (1) The department shall ((submit)) maintain a report ((to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature)) identifying ((the)) total salmon and steelhead harvest ((of the preceding season)). This report shall include the final commercial harvests and recreational harvests.  At a minimum, the report shall clearly identify:

(((1))) (a) The total treaty tribal and nontribal harvests by species and by management unit;

(((2))) (b) Where and why the nontribal harvest does not meet the full allocation allowed under United States v. Washington, 384 F. Supp. 312 (1974) (Boldt I) including a summary of the key policies within the management plan that result in a less than full nontribal allocation; and


(((3))) (c) The location and quantity of salmon and steelhead harvested under the wastage provisions of United States v. Washington, 384 F. Supp. 312 (1974).

(2) Upon request, the department shall present the report required to be maintained under this section to the appropriate committees of the legislature.

Sec. 31.  RCW 77.12.184 and 2000 c 252 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department shall deposit all moneys received from the following activities into the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170:

(a) The sale of interpretive, recreational, historical, educational, and informational literature and materials;

(b) The sale of advertisements in regulation pamphlets and other appropriate mediums; and

(c) Enrollment fees in department-sponsored educational training events.

(2) Moneys collected under subsection (1) of this section shall be spent primarily for producing regulation booklets for users and for the development, production, reprinting, and distribution of informational and educational materials.  The department may also spend these moneys for necessary expenses associated with training activities, and other activities as determined by the director.

(3) Regulation pamphlets may be subsidized through appropriate advertising, but must be made available free of charge to the users.

(4) The director may enter into joint ventures with other agencies and organizations to generate revenue for providing public information and education on wildlife and hunting and fishing rules.

Sec. 32.  RCW 77.12.190 and 1991 sp.s. c 31 s 17 are each amended to read as follows:

Moneys in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 may be used only for the purposes of this title, including the payment of principal and interest on bonds issued for capital projects.

Sec. 33.  RCW 77.12.210 and 2000 c 107 s 218 are each amended to read as follows:

The director shall maintain and manage real or personal property owned, leased, or held by the department and shall control the construction of buildings, structures, and improvements in or on the property.  The director may adopt rules for the operation and maintenance of the property.

The commission may authorize the director to sell, lease, convey, or grant concessions upon real or personal property under the control of the department.  This includes the authority to sell timber, gravel, sand, and other materials or products from real property held by the department, and to sell or lease the department's real or personal property or grant concessions or rights‑of‑way for roads or utilities in the property.  Oil and gas resources owned by the state which lie below lands owned, leased, or held by the department shall be offered for lease by the commissioner of public lands pursuant to chapter 79.14 RCW with the proceeds being deposited in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170:  PROVIDED, That the commissioner of public lands shall condition such leases at the request of the department to protect wildlife and its habitat.

If the commission determines that real or personal property held by the department cannot be used advantageously by the department, the director may dispose of that property if it is in the public interest.

If the state acquired real property with use limited to specific purposes, the director may negotiate terms for the return of the property to the donor or grantor.  Other real property shall be sold to the highest bidder at public auction.  After appraisal, notice of the auction shall be published at least once a week for two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the county where the property is located at least twenty days prior to sale.

Proceeds from the sales shall be deposited in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.

Sec. 34.  RCW 77.12.230 and 1987 c 506 s 32 are each amended to read as follows:

The director may pay lawful local improvement district assessments for projects that may benefit wildlife or wildlife-oriented recreation made against lands held by the state for department purposes.  The payments may be made from money appropriated from the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 to the department.

Sec. 35.  RCW 77.12.323 and 1987 c 506 s 42 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) There is established in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 a special wildlife account.  Moneys received under RCW 77.12.320 as now or hereafter amended as compensation for wildlife losses shall be deposited in the state treasury to be credited to the special wildlife account.

(2) The director may advise the state treasurer and the state investment board of a surplus in the special wildlife account above the current needs.  The state investment board may invest and reinvest the surplus, as the commission deems appropriate, in an investment authorized by RCW 43.84.150 or in securities issued by the United States government as defined by RCW 43.84.080 (1) and (4).  Income received from the investments shall be deposited to the credit of the special wildlife account.

Sec. 36.  RCW 77.12.380 and 1987 c 506 s 44 are each amended to read as follows:

Upon receipt of a request under RCW 77.12.360, the commissioner of public lands shall determine if the withdrawal would benefit the people of the state.  If the withdrawal would be beneficial, the commissioner shall have the lands appraised for their lease value.  Before withdrawal, the department shall transmit to the commissioner a voucher authorizing payment from the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 in favor of the fund for which the lands are held.  The payment shall equal the amount of the lease value for the duration of the withdrawal.

Sec. 37.  RCW 77.12.390 and 1987 c 506 s 45 are each amended to read as follows:

Upon receipt of a voucher under RCW 77.12.380, the commissioner of public lands shall withdraw the lands from lease.  The commissioner shall forward the voucher to the state treasurer, who shall draw a warrant against the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 in favor of the fund for which the withdrawn lands are held.

Sec. 38.  RCW 77.12.690 and 1998 c 245 s 158 and 1998 c 191 s 33 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:

The migratory waterfowl art committee is responsible for the selection of the annual migratory bird stamp design and shall provide the design to the department.  If the committee does not perform this duty within the time frame necessary to achieve proper and timely distribution of the stamps to license dealers, the director shall initiate the art work selection for that year.  The committee shall create collector art prints and related artwork, utilizing the same design as provided to the department.  The administration, sale, distribution, and other matters relating to the prints and sales of stamps with prints and related artwork shall be the responsibility of the migratory waterfowl art committee.


The total amount brought in from the sale of prints and related artwork shall be deposited in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.  The costs of producing and marketing of prints and related artwork, including administrative expenses mutually agreed upon by the committee and the director, shall be paid out of the total amount brought in from sales of those same items.  Net funds derived from the sale of prints and related artwork shall be used by the director to contract with one or more appropriate individuals or nonprofit organizations for the development of waterfowl propagation projects within Washington which specifically provide waterfowl for the Pacific flyway.  The department shall not contract with any individual or organization that obtains compensation for allowing waterfowl hunting except if the individual or organization does not permit hunting for compensation on the subject property.

The migratory waterfowl art committee shall have an annual audit of its finances conducted by the state auditor and shall furnish a copy of the audit to the commission.

Sec. 39.  RCW 77.15.100 and 2000 c 107 s 235 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Unless otherwise provided in this title, fish, shellfish, or wildlife unlawfully taken or possessed, or involved in a violation shall be forfeited to the state upon conviction.  Unless already held by, sold, destroyed, or disposed of by the department, the court shall order such fish or wildlife to be delivered to the department.  Where delay will cause loss to the value of the property and a ready wholesale buying market exists, the department may sell property to a wholesale buyer at a fair market value.

(2) When seized property is forfeited to the department, the department may retain it for official use unless the property is required to be destroyed, or upon application by any law enforcement agency of the state, release the property to the agency for the use of enforcing this title, or sell such property and deposit the proceeds into the ((state wildlife fund)) fish and wildlife enforcement reward account established under RCW ((77.12.170)) 77.15.425.  Any sale of other property shall be at public auction or after public advertisement reasonably designed to obtain the highest price.  The time, place, and manner of holding the sale shall be determined by the director.  The director may contract for the sale to be through the department of general administration as state surplus property, or, except where not justifiable by the value of the property, the director shall publish notice of the sale once a week for at least two consecutive weeks before the sale in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the sale is to be held.

Sec. 40.  RCW 77.32.430 and 2005 c 192 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Catch record card information is necessary for proper management of the state's food fish and game fish species and shellfish resources.  Catch record card administration shall be under rules adopted by the commission.  There is no charge for an initial catch record card.  Each subsequent or duplicate catch record card costs ten dollars.

(2) A license to take and possess Dungeness crab is only valid in Puget Sound waters east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line if the fisher has in possession a valid catch record card officially endorsed for Dungeness crab.  The endorsement shall cost no more than three dollars, including any or all fees authorized under RCW 77.32.050, when purchased for a personal use saltwater, combination, or shellfish and seaweed license.  The endorsement shall cost no more than one dollar, including any or all fees authorized under RCW 77.32.050, when purchased for a temporary combination fishing license authorized under RCW 77.32.470(3)(a).

(3) Catch record cards issued with affixed temporary short-term charter stamp licenses are not subject to the ten-dollar charge nor to the Dungeness crab endorsement fee provided for in this section. Charter boat or guide operators issuing temporary short-term charter stamp licenses shall affix the stamp to each catch record card issued before fishing commences.  Catch record cards issued with a temporary short-term charter stamp are valid for one day.

(4) The department shall include provisions for recording marked and unmarked salmon in catch record cards issued after March 31, 2004.

(5) The funds received from the sale of catch record cards and the Dungeness crab endorsement must be deposited into the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.  The funds received from the Dungeness crab endorsement may be used only for the sampling, monitoring, and management of catch associated with the Dungeness crab recreational fisheries.  Moneys allocated under this section shall supplement and not supplant other federal, state, and local funds used for Dungeness crab recreational fisheries management.

Sec. 41.  RCW 77.32.530 and 1996 c 101 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The commission in consultation with the director may authorize hunting of big game animals and wild turkeys through auction.  The department may conduct the auction for the hunt or contract with a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization to conduct the auction for the hunt.

(2) The commission in consultation with the director may authorize hunting of up to a total of ((fifteen)) thirty big game animals and wild turkeys per year through raffle.  The department may conduct raffles or contract with a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization to conduct raffles for hunting these animals.  In consultation with the gambling commission, the director may adopt rules for the implementation of raffles involving hunting.

(3) The director shall establish the procedures for the hunts, which shall require any participants to obtain any required license, permit, or tag.  Representatives of the department may participate in the hunt upon the request of the commission to ensure that the animals to be killed are properly identified.

(4) After deducting the expenses of conducting an auction or raffle, any revenues retained by a nonprofit organization, as specified under contract with the department, shall be devoted solely for wildlife conservation, consistent with its qualification as a bona fide nonprofit organization for wildlife conservation.

(5) The department's share of revenues from auctions and raffles shall be deposited in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.  The revenues shall be used to improve ((the habitat, health, and welfare of the species auctioned or raffled)) game management and shall supplement, rather than replace, other funds budgeted for management of ((that)) game species.  The commission may solicit input from groups or individuals with special interest in and expertise on a species in determining how to use these revenues.

(6) A nonprofit wildlife conservation organization may petition the commission to authorize an auction or raffle for a special hunt for big game animals and wild turkeys.

Sec. 42.  RCW 77.32.560 and 2003 c 317 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department may sell watchable wildlife decals.  Proceeds from the sale of the decal must be deposited into the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 and must be dedicated to the support of the department's watchable wildlife activities.  The department may also use proceeds from the sale of the decal for marketing the decal and for marketing watchable wildlife activities in the state.

(2) The term "watchable wildlife activities" includes but is not limited to:  Initiating partnerships with communities to jointly develop watchable wildlife projects, building infrastructure to serve wildlife viewers, assisting and training communities in conducting wildlife watching events, developing destination wildlife viewing corridors and trails, tours, maps, brochures, and travel aides, and offering grants to assist rural communities in identifying key wildlife attractions and ways to protect and promote them.


      (3) The commission must adopt by rule the cost of the watchable wildlife decal.  A person may, at their discretion, contribute more than the cost as set by the commission by rule for the watchable wildlife decal in order to support watchable wildlife activities.  A person who purchases a watchable wildlife decal must be issued one vehicle use permit free of charge.

Sec. 43.  RCW 77.44.050 and 1999 c 235 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

The warm water game fish account is hereby created in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.  Moneys in the account are subject to legislative appropriation and shall be used for the purpose of funding the warm water game fish enhancement program, including the development of warm water pond and lake habitat, culture of warm water game fish, improvement of warm water fish habitat, management of warm water fish populations, and other practical activities that will improve the fishing for warm water fish.  Funds for warm water game fish as provided in RCW 77.32.440 shall not serve as replacement funding for department-operated warm water fish projects existing on December 31, 1994((, except that an amount not to exceed ninety-one thousand dollars may be used for warm water fish culture at the Rod Meseberg warm water fish production facility during the biennium ending June 30, 2001)).

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 44.  Whenever any personal property comes into the possession of the officers of the department in connection with the official performance of their duties and the personal property remains unclaimed or not taken away for a period of sixty days from the date of written notice to the owner thereof, if known, which notice shall inform the owner of the disposition that may be made of the property under this section and the time that the owner has to claim the property and in all other cases for a period of sixty days from the time the property came into the possession of the department, unless the property has been held as evidence in any court, then, in that event, after sixty days from date when the case has been finally disposed of and the property released as evidence by order of the court, the department may:

      (1) At any time thereafter sell the personal property at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash in the manner hereinafter provided;

(2) Retain the property for the use of the department subject to giving notice in the manner prescribed in RCW 63.35.030 and the right of the owner, or the owner's legal representative, to reclaim the property within one year after receipt of notice, without compensation for ordinary wear and tear if, in the opinion of the director, the property consists of firearms or other items specifically usable in law enforcement work.  At the end of each calendar year during which there has been such a retention, the department shall provide the office of financial management and retain for public inspection a list of such retained items and an estimation of each item's replacement value;

(3) Destroy an item of personal property at the discretion of the director if the director determines that the following circumstances have occurred:

(a) The property has no substantial commercial value or the probable cost of sale exceeds the value of the property;

(b) The item has been unclaimed by any person after notice procedures have been met, as prescribed in this section; and

(c) The director has determined that the item is illegal to possess or sell or unsafe and unable to be made safe for use by any member of the general public;

(4) If the item is not unsafe or illegal to possess or sell, such item, after satisfying the notice requirements as prescribed in this section may be offered by the director to bona fide dealers, in trade for law enforcement equipment, which equipment must be treated as retained property for the purpose of annual listing requirements of subsection (2) of this section; or

(5) At the end of one year, any unclaimed firearm must be disposed of pursuant to RCW 9.41.098(2).  Any other item that is not unsafe or illegal to possess or sell, but has been, or may be used, in the judgment of the director, in a manner that is illegal, may be destroyed.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 45.  Before the personal property shall be sold, a notice of such a sale fixing the time and place thereof which shall be at a suitable place, which will be noted in the advertisement for sale, and containing a description of the property to be sold must be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the property is to be sold at least ten days prior to the date fixed for the auction.  The notice must be signed by the director.  If the owner fails to reclaim the property prior to the time fixed for the sale in such a notice, the director shall conduct the sale and sell the property described in the notice at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash, and upon payment of the amount of the bid shall deliver the property to the bidder.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 46.  The moneys arising from sales under the provisions of this chapter must be first applied to the payment of the costs and expenses of the sale and then to the payment of lawful charges and expenses for the keep of the personal property and the balance, if any, must be forwarded to the state treasurer to be deposited into the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account under RCW 77.15.425.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 47.  If the owner of the personal property so sold, or the owner's legal representative, shall, at any time within three years after the money has been deposited in the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account, furnish satisfactory evidence to the state treasurer of the ownership of the personal property, the owner or the owner's legal representative is entitled to receive from the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account the amount so deposited, with interest.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 48.  (1) Chapter 63.24 RCW, unclaimed property in hands of bailee, does not apply to personal property in the possession of the department.

(2) The uniform unclaimed property act, chapter 63.29 RCW, does not apply to personal property in the possession of the department.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 49.  In addition to any other method of disposition of unclaimed property provided under this chapter, the department may donate unclaimed personal property to nonprofit charitable organizations.  A nonprofit charitable organization receiving personal property donated under this section must use the property, or its proceeds, to benefit needy persons.  The charitable organization must qualify for tax-exempt status under 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3) of the federal internal revenue code.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 50.  Sections 44 through 49 of this act constitute a new chapter in Title 77 RCW.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 51.  RCW 77.12.065 (Wildlife viewing tourism) and 2003 c 183 s 1 are each repealed.

Sec. 52.  RCW 77.12.820 and 1997 c 422 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:


The eastern Washington pheasant enhancement account is created in the custody of the state treasurer.  All receipts under RCW 77.12.810 must be deposited in the account.  Moneys in the account are subject to legislative appropriation and shall be used for the purpose of funding the eastern Washington pheasant enhancement program.  The department may use moneys from the account to improve pheasant habitat or to purchase or produce pheasants.  ((Not less than eighty percent of expenditures from the account must be used to purchase or produce pheasants.)) The department must continue to release rooster pheasants in eastern Washington.  The eastern Washington pheasant enhancement account funds must not be used for the purchase of land.  The account may be used to offer grants to improve pheasant habitat on public or private lands that are open to public hunting.  The department may enter partnerships with private landowners, nonprofit corporations, cooperative groups, and federal or state agencies for the purposes of pheasant habitat enhancement in areas that will be available for public hunting.  The department shall submit an annual report to the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1st regarding the department's eastern Washington pheasant activities.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 53.  (1) The legislature finds that healthy wildlife populations are a valuable and treasured public resource to the people of the state of Washington.  However, the legislature also finds that as the human population increases and encroaches on wildlife habitat, interactions between humans and wildlife will become more frequent.

      (2) The legislature further finds that interactions between humans and wildlife can have significant financial impacts on the affected landowner.  Although the resulting wildlife damage is felt most closely by the landowner, the general public, as beneficiaries and stewards of healthy wildlife populations, should bear some responsibility, as outlined in and limited by this act, for providing a measure of restitution to the impacted landowner, provided that the landowner has exhausted all legal, practicable self-help methods available to prevent wildlife damage from occurring.

(3) The legislature further finds that the commercial agriculture, horticulture, and livestock industries are important components of the state economy that can be negatively impacted by interactions with wildlife.  However, the legislature also finds that other landowners, both commercial and residential, may be faced with wildlife interactions that result in property damage.  It is the intent of the legislature to craft a solution whereby all property owners have a potential avenue to petition the state for some mitigation of the damages caused by wildlife.

(4) The legislature further finds that it is in the best interests of the state for the department of fish and wildlife to respond quickly to wildlife damage complaints and to work with those affected to prevent and minimize negative interactions while maintaining healthy wildlife populations.

(5) The legislature further finds that negative wildlife interactions can be best reduced by encouraging landowners to contribute, through their land management practices, to healthy wildlife populations and to provide access for related recreation.

Sec. 54.  RCW 77.36.010 and 1996 c 54 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

((Unless otherwise specified,)) The ((following)) definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter((:)) unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(1) "Claim" means an application to the department for compensation under this chapter.

(2) "Commercial crop" means a ((commercially raised)) horticultural ((and/or)) or agricultural product ((and includes)), including the growing or harvested product ((but does not include livestock)).  For the purposes of this chapter all parts of horticultural trees shall be considered a commercial crop and shall be eligible for claims.

(((2) "Emergency" means an unforeseen circumstance beyond the control of the landowner or tenant that presents a real and immediate threat to crops, domestic animals, or fowl.))

(3) "Commercial livestock" means cattle, sheep, and horses held or raised by a person for sale.

(4) "Compensation" means a cash payment, materials, or service.

(5) "Damage" means economic losses caused by wildlife interactions.

(6) "Immediate family member" means spouse, state registered domestic partner, brother, sister, grandparent, parent, child, or grandchild.

(7) "Owner" means a person who has a legal right to commercial crops, commercial livestock, or other property that was damaged during a wildlife interaction.

(8) "Wildlife interaction" means the negative interaction and the resultant damage between wildlife and commercial crops, commercial livestock, or other property.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 55.  A new section is added to chapter 77.36 RCW to read as follows:

(1)(a) Except as limited by RCW 77.36.070 and 77.36.080, the department shall offer to distribute money appropriated to pay claims to the owner of commercial crops for damage caused by wild deer or elk or to the owners of commercial livestock that has been killed by bears, wolves, or cougars, or injured by bears, wolves, or cougars to such a degree that the market value of the commercial livestock has been diminished.  Payments for claims for damage to commercial livestock are not subject to the limitations of RCW 77.36.070 and 77.36.080, but may not exceed the total amount specifically appropriated therefor.

(b) Owners of commercial crops or commercial livestock are only eligible for a claim under this subsection if:

(i) The owner satisfies the definition of "eligible farmer" in RCW 82.08.855;

(ii) The conditions of section 56 of this act have been satisfied; and

      (iii) The damage caused to the commercial crop or commercial livestock satisfies the criteria for damage established by the commission under this subsection.

(c) The commission shall adopt and maintain by rule criteria that clarifies the damage to commercial crops and commercial livestock qualifying for compensation under this subsection.  An owner of a commercial crop or commercial livestock must satisfy the criteria prior to receiving compensation under this subsection.  The criteria for damage adopted under this subsection must include, but not be limited to, a required minimum economic loss to the owner of the commercial crop or commercial livestock, which may not be set at a value of less than five hundred dollars.

(2)(a) The department may offer to provide noncash compensation only to offset wildlife interactions to a person who applies to the department for compensation for damage to property other than commercial crops or commercial livestock that is the result of a mammalian or avian species of wildlife on a case‑specific basis if the conditions of section 56 of this act have been satisfied and if the damage satisfies the criteria for damage established by the commission under this subsection.

(b) The commission shall adopt and maintain by rule criteria for damage to property other than a commercial crop or commercial livestock that is damaged by wildlife and may be eligible for compensation under this subsection, including criteria for filing a claim for compensation under this subsection.

(3)(a) To prevent or offset wildlife interactions, the department may offer materials or services to a person who applies to the department for assistance in providing mitigating actions designed to reduce wildlife interactions if the actions are designed to address damage that satisfies the criteria for damage established by the commission under this subsection.

(b) The commission shall adopt and maintain by rule criteria for mitigating actions designed to address wildlife interactions that may be eligible for materials and services under this section, including criteria for submitting an application under this section.

(4) An owner who files a claim under this section may appeal the decision of the department pursuant to rules adopted by the commission if the claim:

      (a) Is denied; or

(b) Is disputed by the owner and the owner disagrees with the amount of compensation determined by the department.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 56.  A new section is added to chapter 77.36 RCW to read as follows:

(1) No owner may receive compensation for wildlife interactions under this chapter unless the owner has, as determined by the department, first:


(a) Utilized applicable legal and practicable self-help preventive measures available to prevent the damage, including the use of nonlethal methods and department-provided materials and services when available under section 55 of this act; and

(b) Exhausted all available compensation options available from nonprofit organizations that provide compensation to private property owners due to financial losses caused by wildlife interactions.

(2) In determining if the requirements of this section have been satisfied, the department may recognize and consider the following:

(a) Property losses may occur without future or anticipated knowledge of potential problems resulting in an owner being unable to take preemptive measures.

(b) Normal agricultural practices, animal husbandry practices, recognized standard management techniques, and other industry-recognized management practices may represent adequate preventative efforts.

(c) Under certain circumstances, as determined by the department, wildlife may not logistically or practicably be managed by nonlethal efforts.

(d) Not all available legal preventative efforts are cost‑effective for the owner to practicably employ.

(e) There are certain effective preventative control options not available due to federal or state restrictions.

(f) Under certain circumstances, as determined by the department, permitting public hunting may not be a practicable self-help method due to the size and nature of the property, the property's setting, or the ability of the landowner to accommodate public access.

(3) An owner is not eligible to receive compensation if the damages are covered by insurance.

      (4) The commission shall adopt rules implementing this section, including requirements that owners document nonlethal preventive efforts undertaken and all permits issued by the department under RCW 77.12.240 and 77.12.150.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 57.  A new section is added to chapter 77.36 RCW to read as follows:

The department shall establish:

(1) The form of affidavits or proof required to accompany all claims under this chapter;

(2) The process, time, and methods used to identify and assess damage, including the anticipated timeline for the initiation and conclusion of department action;

(3) How claims will be prioritized when available funds for reimbursement are limited;

(4) Timelines after the discovery of damage by which an owner must file a claim or notify the department;

(5) Protocols for an owner to follow if the owner wishes to undertake activities that would complicate the determination of damages, such as harvesting damaged crops;

(6) The process for determining damage assessments, including the role and selection of professional damage assessors and the responsibility for reimbursing third-party assessors for their services;

(7) Timelines for a claimant to accept, reject, or appeal a determination made by the department;

(8) The identification of instances when an owner would be ineligible for compensation;

(9) An appeals process for an owner eligible for compensation under section 55 of this act who is denied a claim or feels the compensation is insufficient; and

(10) Other policies necessary for administering this chapter.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 58.  A new section is added to chapter 77.36 RCW to read as follows:

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section and as limited by section 55 of this act and RCW 77.36.070 and 77.36.080, the cash compensation portion of each claim by the department under this chapter is limited to the lesser of:

(a) The value of the damage to the property by wildlife reduced by the amount of compensation provided to the claimant by any nonprofit organizations that provide compensation to private property owners due to financial losses caused by wildlife interactions, except that, subject to appropriation to pay compensation for damage to commercial livestock, the value of killed or injured commercial livestock may be no more than two hundred dollars per sheep, one thousand five hundred dollars per head of cattle, and one thousand five hundred dollars per horse; or

(b) Ten thousand dollars.

(2) The department may offer to pay a claim for an amount in excess of ten thousand dollars to the owners of commercial crops or commercial livestock filing a claim under section 55 of this act only if the outcome of an appeal filed by the claimant under section 55 of this act determines a payment higher than ten thousand dollars.

(3) All payments of claims by the department under this chapter must be paid to the owner of the damaged property and may not be assigned to a third party.

(4) The burden of proving all property damage, including damage to commercial crops and commercial livestock, belongs to the claimant.

Sec. 59.  RCW 77.36.070 and 1996 c 54 s 8 are each amended to read as follows:

The department may pay no more than one hundred twenty thousand dollars per fiscal year from the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 for claims ((under RCW 77.36.040 and for assessment costs and compromise of claims.  Such money shall be used to pay animal damage claims only if the claim meets the conditions of RCW 77.36.040 and the damage occurred in a place where the opportunity to hunt was not restricted or prohibited by a county, municipality, or other public entity during the season prior to the occurrence of the damage)) and assessment costs for damage to commercial crops caused by wild deer or elk submitted under section 55 of this act.

Sec. 60.  RCW 77.36.080 and 1996 c 54 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Unless the legislature declares an emergency under this section, the department may pay no more than thirty thousand dollars per fiscal year from the general fund for claims ((under RCW 77.36.040 and for assessment costs and compromise of claims unless the legislature declares an emergency.  Such money shall be used to pay animal damage claims only if the claim meets the conditions of RCW 77.36.040 and the damage occurred in a place where the opportunity to hunt was restricted or prohibited by a county, municipality, or other public entity during the season prior to the occurrence of the damage)) and assessment costs for damage to commercial crops caused by wild deer or elk submitted under section 55 of this act.

(2)(a) The legislature may declare an emergency((, defined for the purposes of this section as any happening arising from)) if weather, fire, or other natural ((conditions, or fire that causes unusually great)) events result in deer or elk causing excessive damage to ((commercially raised agricultural or horticultural)) commercial crops ((by deer or elk)).  ((In))

(b) After an emergency declaration, the department may pay as much as may be subsequently appropriated, in addition to the funds authorized under subsection (1) of this section, for claims and assessment costs under ((RCW 77.36.040 and for assessment and compromise of claims)) section 55 of this act.  Such money shall be used to pay ((animal damage)) wildlife interaction claims only if the claim meets the conditions of ((RCW 77.36.040)) section 55 of this act and the department has expended all funds authorized under RCW 77.36.070 or subsection (1) of this section.

Sec. 61.  RCW 77.36.030 and 1996 c 54 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:


(1) Subject to ((the following)) limitations and conditions established by the commission, the owner, the owner's immediate family member, the owner's documented employee, or a tenant of real property may trap, consistent with RCW 77.15.194, or kill wildlife that is threatening human safety or causing property damage on that property, without the licenses required under RCW 77.32.010 or authorization from the director under RCW 77.12.240((, wild animals or wild birds that are damaging crops, domestic animals, or fowl:

      (a) Threatened or endangered species shall not be hunted, trapped, or killed;

(b) Except in an emergency situation, deer, elk, and protected wildlife shall not be killed without a permit issued and conditioned by the director or the director's designee.  In an emergency, the department may give verbal permission followed by written permission to trap or kill any deer, elk, or protected wildlife that is damaging crops, domestic animals, or fowl; and

(c) On privately owned cattle ranching lands, the land owner or lessee may declare an emergency only when the department has not responded within forty-eight hours after having been contacted by the land owner or lessee regarding damage caused by wild animals or wild birds.  In such an emergency, the owner or lessee may trap or kill any deer, elk, or other protected wildlife that is causing the damage but deer and elk may only be killed if such lands were open to public hunting during the previous hunting season, or the closure to public hunting was coordinated with the department to protect property and livestock)).

(2) ((Except for coyotes and Columbian ground squirrels,)) The commission shall establish the limitations and conditions of this section by rule.  The rules must include:

(a) Appropriate protection for threatened or endangered species;

(b) Instances when verbal or written permission is required to kill wildlife;

(c) Species that may be killed under this section; and

(d) Requirements for the disposal of wildlife trapped or killed under this section ((remain the property of the state, and the person trapping or killing the wildlife shall notify the department immediately.  The department shall dispose of wildlife so taken within three days of receiving such a notification and in a manner determined by the director to be in the best interest of the state)).

(3) In establishing the limitations and conditions of this section, the commission shall take into consideration the recommendations of the Washington state wolf conservation and management plan.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 62.  A new section is added to chapter 77.36 RCW to read as follows:

This chapter represents the exclusive remedy against the state for damage caused by wildlife interactions.

Sec. 63.  RCW 77.12.240 and 1989 c 197 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The ((director)) department may authorize the removal or killing of wildlife that is destroying or injuring property, or when it is necessary for wildlife management or research.

(2) The ((director or other employees of the)) department shall dispose of wildlife taken or possessed by them under this title in the manner determined by the director to be in the best interest of the state.  Proceeds from sales shall be deposited in the state treasury to be credited to the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 64.  The fish and wildlife commission shall formally review the rules and policies adopted under sections 53 through 66 of this act.  If, in the process of reviewing the rules, the fish and wildlife commission identifies recommended statutory changes related to the subject of sections 53 through 66 of this act and to the ability of the fish and wildlife commission to fulfill the intent of sections 53 through 66 of this act, those recommendations must be forwarded to the appropriate policy committees of the legislature during the regularly scheduled 2014 legislative session.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 65.  The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:

(1) RCW 77.36.005 (Findings) and 1996 c 54 s 1;

(2) RCW 77.36.020 (Game damage control‑-Special hunt/remedial action) and 2003 c 385 s 1 & 1996 c 54 s 3;

(3) RCW 77.36.040 (Payment of claims for damages‑-Procedure‑-Limitations) and 1996 c 54 s 5;

(4) RCW 77.36.050 (Claimant refusal‑-Excessive claims) and 1996 c 54 s 6;

(5) RCW 77.36.060 (Claim refused‑-Posted property) and 1996 c 54 s 7; and

(6) RCW 77.12.260 (Agreements to prevent damage to private property) and 1987 c 506 s 34, 1980 c 78 s 43, & 1955 c 36 s 77.12.260.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 66.  The following sections are each decodified:

RCW 77.36.900; and

RCW 77.36.901.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 67.  Sections 53 through 66 of this act apply prospectively only and not retroactively.  Sections 53 through 66 of this act apply only to claims that arise on or after July 1, 2010. Claims under chapter 77.36 RCW that arise prior to July 1, 2010, must be adjudicated under chapter 77.36 RCW as it existed prior to July 1, 2010.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 68.  The fish and wildlife commission shall complete all initial rule-making activities that are required in order to allow sections 53 through 66 of this act to take effect on July 1, 2010.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 69.  Sections 53 through 66 of this act take effect July 1, 2010.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 70.  Section 64 of this act expires July 30, 2014.

Sec. 71.  RCW 77.04.030 and 2001 c 155 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The fish and wildlife commission consists of ((nine)) seven registered voters of the state.  ((In January of each odd-numbered year,))

(2) The governor shall appoint commissioners, who must be registered voters, with the advice and consent of the senate ((three registered voters to the commission to serve for terms of six years from that January or until their successors are appointed and qualified)).  Commissioners serve for a term of four years.

(3) If a vacancy occurs on the commission prior to the expiration of a term, the governor shall appoint a registered voter within sixty days to complete the term.  ((Three members shall be residents of that portion of the state lying east of the summit of the Cascade mountains, and three shall be residents of that portion of the state lying west of the summit of the Cascade mountains.  Three additional members))

      (4) The governor shall appoint commissioners representing the various geographic areas of the state.  Specifically, one member must reside within the boundaries of each of the six administrative regions recognized by the department on the effective date of this section. One member shall be appointed at-large.  No two members may be residents of the same county.

(5) The legal office of the commission is at the administrative office of the department in Olympia.

Sec. 72.  RCW 77.04.060 and 1993 sp.s. c 2 s 63 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The commission shall hold at least one regular meeting during the first two months of each calendar quarter, and special meetings when called by the chair and by ((five)) three members.  ((Five)) Four members constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.


(2) The commission ((at a meeting in each odd-numbered year)) shall elect one of its members as ((chairman)) chair and another member as ((vice chairman)) vice-chair, each of whom shall serve for a term of two years or until a successor is elected and qualified.

(3) Members of the commission shall be compensated in accordance with RCW 43.03.250.  In addition, members are allowed their travel expenses incurred while absent from their usual places of residence in accordance with RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 73.  (1) In order to effectuate sections 71 and 72 of this act, on or before December 31, 2009, the governor shall appoint from the existing commissioners seven individuals to continue to serve on the commission.

(2) The governor shall appoint two members for a term ending January 1, 2011, two members for a term ending January 1, 2012, two members for a term ending January 1, 2013, and one member for a term ending January 1, 2014.

(3) Nothing in this section prohibits the governor from appointing a sitting commissioner whose position is considered vacated under subsection (1) of this section as a commissioner under subsection (2) of this section.

Sec. 74.  RCW 43.17.020 and 2007 c 341 s 47 are each amended to read as follows:

There shall be a chief executive officer of each department to be known as:  (1) The secretary of social and health services, (2) the director of ecology, (3) the director of labor and industries, (4) the director of agriculture, (5) the director of fish and wildlife, (6) the secretary of transportation, (7) the director of licensing, (8) the director of general administration, (9) the director of community, trade, and economic development, (10) the director of veterans affairs, (11) the director of revenue, (12) the director of retirement systems, (13) the secretary of corrections, (14) the secretary of health, (15) the director of financial institutions, (16) the director of the department of archaeology and historic preservation, (17) the director of early learning, and (18) the executive director of the Puget Sound partnership.

Such officers((, except the director of fish and wildlife,)) shall be appointed by the governor, with the consent of the senate, and hold office at the pleasure of the governor.  The director of fish and wildlife shall be appointed by the ((fish and wildlife commission as prescribed by RCW 77.04.055)) governor according to the procedure set forth in RCW 77.04.080.

Sec. 75.  RCW 77.04.080 and 2000 c 107 s 205 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Persons eligible for appointment as director shall have practical knowledge of the habits and distribution of fish and wildlife.

(2) Whenever the position of director is vacated, the governor must appoint a new director.  The commission may advise the governor on this appointment.  The appointment must be made with the consent of the senate.  The director serves at the pleasure of the governor.  

(3) The director shall supervise the administration and operation of the department and perform the duties prescribed by law and delegated by the commission.  The director shall carry out the basic goals and objectives prescribed under RCW 77.04.055.  The director may appoint and employ necessary personnel.  The director may delegate, in writing, to department personnel the duties and powers necessary for efficient operation and administration of the department.

      (4) Only persons having general knowledge of the fisheries and wildlife resources and of the commercial and recreational fishing industry in this state are eligible for appointment as director.  The director shall not have a financial interest in the fishing industry or a directly related industry.

(5) The director shall receive the salary fixed by the governor under RCW 43.03.040.

(6) The director is the ex officio secretary of the commission and shall attend its meetings and keep a record of its business.

Sec. 76.  RCW 77.04.055 and 2000 c 107 s 204 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) In establishing policies to preserve, protect, and perpetuate wildlife, fish, and wildlife and fish habitat, the commission shall meet annually with the governor to:

(a) Review and prescribe basic goals and objectives related to those policies; and

(b) Review the performance of the department in implementing fish and wildlife policies.

The commission shall maximize fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreational opportunities compatible with healthy and diverse fish and wildlife populations.

(2) The commission shall establish hunting, trapping, and fishing seasons and prescribe the time, place, manner, and methods that may be used to harvest or enjoy game fish and wildlife.

(3) The commission shall establish provisions regulating food fish and shellfish as provided in RCW 77.12.047.

(4) The commission shall have final approval authority for tribal, interstate, international, and any other department agreements relating to fish and wildlife.

(5) The commission shall adopt rules to implement the state's fish and wildlife laws.

(6) The commission shall have final approval authority for the department's budget proposals.

(7) The commission shall select its own staff ((and shall appoint the director of the department.  The director and commission staff)), which shall serve at the pleasure of the commission.

Sec. 77.  RCW 77.04.013 and 1995 1st sp.s. c 2 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

The legislature supports the recommendations of the state fish and wildlife commission with regard to the commission's responsibilities in the merged department of fish and wildlife.  It is the intent of the legislature that, beginning July 1, 1996, the commission assume regulatory authority for food fish and shellfish in addition to its existing authority for game fish and wildlife.  It is also the intent of the legislature to provide to the commission the authority to review and approve department agreements, to review and approve the department's budget proposals, to adopt rules for the department, ((and)) to select commission staff, and to advise the governor regarding appointment of the director of the department.

The legislature finds that all fish, shellfish, and wildlife species should be managed under a single comprehensive set of goals, policies, and objectives, and that the decision-making authority should rest with the fish and wildlife commission.  The commission acts in an open and deliberative process that encourages public involvement and increases public confidence in department decision making.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 78.  A new section is added to chapter 77.04 RCW to read as follows:

The commission must provide an opportunity for the public to provide oral and written comments at any regular or special meeting of the commission held pursuant to RCW 77.04.060.  Additionally, at any open public meeting convened pursuant to chapter 42.30 RCW or any gathering open to the public for purposes of providing information to the public or accepting public input, the commission, department, or both must provide the public an opportunity to:  Provide written comments; and provide oral comments to the commission, department, or both, while addressing all in attendance.

Sec. 79.  RCW 77.32.050 and 2003 c 389 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:


(1) All recreational licenses, permits, tags, and stamps required by this title and raffle tickets authorized under chapter 77.12 RCW shall be issued under the authority of the commission.  The commission shall adopt rules for the issuance of recreational licenses, permits, tags, stamps, and raffle tickets, and for the collection, payment, and handling of license fees, terms and conditions to govern dealers, and dealers' fees.  A transaction fee on recreational documents issued through an automated licensing system may be set by the commission and collected from licensees.  The department may authorize all or part of such fee to be paid directly to a contractor providing automated licensing system services.  Fees retained by dealers shall be uniform throughout the state.  The department shall authorize dealers to collect and retain dealer fees of at least two dollars for purchase of a standard hunting or fishing recreational license document, except that the commission may set a lower dealer fee for issuance of tags or when a licensee buys a license that involves a stamp or display card format rather than a standard department licensing document form.

(2) For the 2009-2011 biennium, the department may authorize an additional transaction fee on recreational documents of no greater than ten percent of the cost of a recreational document issued under this section, including a recreational license, permit, tag, stamp, or raffle ticket.  The transaction fees shall be deposited into the state wildlife account as created in RCW 77.12.170.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 80.  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."

On page 1, line 2 of the title, after "wildlife;" strike the remainder of the title and insert "amending RCW 77.15.050, 77.15.700, 77.15.310, 77.15.320, 77.15.610, 77.32.470, 77.65.010, 77.65.370, 77.65.440, 77.15.510, 77.65.480, 77.08.010, 77.15.370, 77.15.425, 77.15.568, 77.15.620, 77.12.870, 77.12.879, 77.60.150, 77.85.230, 77.85.050, 77.120.030, 77.120.110, 77.120.120, 77.95.200, 77.95.310, 77.12.184, 77.12.190, 77.12.210, 77.12.230, 77.12.323, 77.12.380, 77.12.390, 77.15.100, 77.32.430, 77.32.530, 77.32.560, 77.44.050, 77.12.820, 77.36.010, 77.36.070, 77.36.080, 77.36.030, 77.12.240, 77.04.030, 77.04.060, 43.17.020, 77.04.080, 77.04.055, 77.04.013, and 77.32.050; reenacting and amending RCW 77.12.170 and 77.12.690; adding new sections to chapter 77.15 RCW; adding new sections to chapter 77.36 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 77.32 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 77.04 RCW; adding a new chapter to Title 77 RCW; creating new sections; decodifying RCW 77.36.900 and 77.36.901; repealing RCW 77.12.065, 77.36.005, 77.36.020, 77.36.040, 77.36.050, 77.36.060, and 77.12.260; prescribing penalties; providing an effective date; and providing an expiration date."

Senator Jacobsen spoke in favor of adoption of the committee striking amendment.

 

POINT OF ORDER

 

Senator ZarelliAThank you Mr. President. I rise to a point of order that senate amendment 2921.1 is beyond the scope and object of the bill. The substitute bill that passed the House dealt with enforcement and licensing issues governing the Department of Fish & Wildlife including some of the following; rules of the Fish & Wildlife Commission in the list of civilant fractions that can give rise to license revocation; changing the name, scope and jurisdiction of salmon guide licenses; allowing the use of two fishing poles per license holder for use on selected waters. The scope of this amendment that goes into 1778 goes far beyond dealing with enforcement and licensing issues and instead makes substantial changes to the structure of the Fish & Wildlife Commission itself by reducing the number and length of terms of commissioners, changing the geographical residency requirements of the commissioners and transferring the authority to appoint the director from the Commission to the Governor. The idea of changing the structure of the Commission may seem familiar to this body at it was similar to language including in Senate Bill No. 5127 that did not pass House committee deadline. Altering the structure of the Fish & Wildlife Commission however is an entirely different subject from the Department of Fish & Wildlife enforcement or licensing authority as a result 5127 was inappropriately revived in this amendment. Mr. President, to change the structure of the Commission in this amendment is beyond the scope and object of Substitute House Bill No. 1778 and I respectfully request that you rule accordingly.@

 

REMARKS BY SENATOR JACOBSEN

 

Senator JacobsenAThank you Mr. President. I assert the striking amendment to Substitute House Bill No. 1778 is squarely within the scope and object of the underlying bill. The underlying bill is an omnibus bill designed to modernize provisions of Title 77 regarding Fish & Wildlife. When this bill came over from the House the bill dealt broadly with fish & wildlife resource management and the operation of Department of Fish & Wildlife including, I=ll be glad to submit all the options in writing, and that such as the underlying omnibus substitute house bill makes changes throughout the fish & wildlife statutes that dealt with the very duties of the department as well as the operation. The striking amendment deals with the management of fish & wildlife resources and the operations of Department of Fish & Wildlife like the underlying bill. Therefore, I respectfully request that you rule the striking amendment within the scope and object of the underlying bill. Thank you Mr. President.@

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Eide, further consideration of Substitute House Bill No. 1778 was deferred and the bill held its place on the second reading calendar.

 

SECOND READING

 

ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1379, by House Committee on Local Government & Housing (originally sponsored by Representatives Seaquist, Angel and Liias)

 

Regarding moratoria and other interim official controls adopted under the shoreline management act.

 

The measure was read the second time.

 

MOTION

 

Senator Fraser moved that the following committee striking amendment by the Committee on Government Operations & Elections be adopted.

Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

"NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The legislature recognizes that cities and counties have moratoria authority granted through constitutional and statutory provisions and that this authority, when properly exercised, is an important aspect of complying with environmental stewardship and protection requirements.

Recognizing the fundamental role and value of properly exercised moratoria, the legislature intends to establish new moratoria procedures and to affirm moratoria authority that local governments have and may exercise and when implementing the shoreline management act.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 90.58 RCW to read as follows:


(1) Local governments may adopt moratoria or other interim official controls as necessary and appropriate to implement this chapter.

(2)(a) A local government adopting a moratorium or control under this section must:

(i) Hold a public hearing on the moratorium or control;

(ii) Adopt detailed findings of fact that include, but are not limited to justifications for the proposed or adopted actions and explanations of the desired and likely outcomes;

(iii) Notify the department of the moratorium or control immediately after its adoption.  The notification must specify the time, place, and date of any public hearing required by this subsection.

(b) The public hearing required by this section must be held within sixty days of the adoption of the moratorium or control.

      (3) A moratorium or control adopted under this section may be effective for up to six months if a detailed work plan for remedying the issues and circumstances necessitating the moratorium or control is developed and made available for public review.  A moratorium or control may be renewed for two six‑month periods if the local government complies with subsection (2)(a) of this section before each renewal.  If a moratorium or control is in effect on the date a proposed master program or amendment is submitted to the department, the moratorium or control must remain in effect until the department's final action under RCW 90.58.090; however, the moratorium expires six months after the date of submittal if the department has not taken final action.

(4) Nothing in this section may be construed to modify county and city moratoria powers conferred outside this chapter."

Senator Fraser spoke in favor of adoption of the committee striking amendment.

 

MOTION

 

Senator Fraser moved that the following amendment by Senator Fraser and others to the committee striking amendment be adopted.

On page 1, beginning on line 3 of the amendment, after "Sec. 1." strike all material through "requirements." on line 7 and insert "The legislature recognizes that the state, counties, and cities have moratoria authority granted through constitutional and statutory provisions and that this authority, when properly exercised, is an important aspect of complying with environmental stewardship and protection requirements."

On page 2, after line 14 of the amendment, insert the following:

"NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  (1) The legislature finds that a special height moratorium is necessary along the shoreline known as the "Olympia Isthmus" located in the city of Olympia between Capitol Lake and Budd Inlet, which should hereinafter be designated a "shoreline of statewide significance."

(2) The legislature further finds that:

(a) The shoreline along Capitol Lake is part of the Heritage park area of the state capitol campus, in which the state of Washington has invested millions of dollars to improve and make available for statewide public use, education, and appreciation.  It is also an important element of the scenic, historic vista northward from the capitol campus, in which the state of Washington and nonprofit organizations have invested millions of dollars to construct excellent public viewing opportunities of the north capitol campus and other sights of both statewide and national significance;

(b) The state of Washington is continuing to invest millions of dollars in water quality improvements along both Capitol Lake and Budd Inlet shorelines;

(c) The Olympia Isthmus as a whole is historically significant, fragile, and a major contributor to significant changes to the natural estuary area of the area.  The Olympia Isthmus was constructed by fill in early 1911, with the reflecting lake created in the 1950s when the dam was constructed at what is now called the Deschutes spillway;

(d) The vista is an integral part of the design of the state capitol campus.  The state's founders sited the capitol campus in its location principally to take advantage of this expansive vista.  The vista:  Is representative of much of the physical characteristics of very large areas of the state; provides a visual and physical connection between the capitol and the Puget Sound; is inspirational; and promotes an appreciation of the scenic grandeur and rich natural resources of our state; and

(e) The Washington state capitol, together with its spectacular location, is a state and national treasure that has been passed down from one generation to another.

(3) The legislature intends that the Olympia Isthmus be declared to be a shoreline of statewide significance through the shoreline management act to advance the public interest and to protect public investments.

(4) This state and national treasure has been passed down from one generation to another.  It includes public vistas of Budd Inlet, south Puget Sound, the Olympic mountains, and a broad range of forested hills.

(5) Therefore, it is the intent of the legislature to take steps to protect this state and national scenic and historic asset.

Sec. 4.  RCW 90.58.030 and 2007 c 328 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the following definitions and concepts apply:

(1) Administration:

(a) "Department" means the department of ecology;

(b) "Director" means the director of the department of ecology;

(c) "Local government" means any county, incorporated city, or town which contains within its boundaries any lands or waters subject to this chapter;

(d) "Person" means an individual, partnership, corporation, association, organization, cooperative, public or municipal corporation, or agency of the state or local governmental unit however designated;

(e) "((Hearing[s])) Hearings board" means the ((shoreline[s])) shorelines hearings board established by this chapter.

(2) Geographical:

(a) "Extreme low tide" means the lowest line on the land reached by a receding tide;

(b) "Ordinary high water mark" on all lakes, streams, and tidal water is that mark that will be found by examining the bed and banks and ascertaining where the presence and action of waters are so common and usual, and so long continued in all ordinary years, as to mark upon the soil a character distinct from that of the abutting upland, in respect to vegetation as that condition exists on June 1, 1971, as it may naturally change thereafter, or as it may change thereafter in accordance with permits issued by a local government or the department: PROVIDED, That in any area where the ordinary high water mark cannot be found, the ordinary high water mark adjoining salt water shall be the line of mean higher high tide and the ordinary high water mark adjoining fresh water shall be the line of mean high water;

(c) "Shorelines of the state" are the total of all "shorelines" and "shorelines of statewide significance" within the state;


(d) "Shorelines" means all of the water areas of the state, including reservoirs, and their associated shorelands, together with the lands underlying them; except (i) shorelines of statewide significance; (ii) shorelines on segments of streams upstream of a point where the mean annual flow is twenty cubic feet per second or less and the wetlands associated with such upstream segments; and (iii) shorelines on lakes less than twenty acres in size and wetlands associated with such small lakes;

(e) "Shorelines of statewide significance" means the following shorelines of the state:

(i) The area between the ordinary high water mark and the western boundary of the state from Cape Disappointment on the south to Cape Flattery on the north, including harbors, bays, estuaries, and inlets;

(ii) Those areas of Puget Sound and adjacent salt waters and the Strait of Juan de Fuca between the ordinary high water mark and the line of extreme low tide as follows:

(A) Nisqually Delta‑-from DeWolf Bight to Tatsolo Point,

      (B) Birch Bay‑-from Point Whitehorn to Birch Point,

(C) Hood Canal‑-from Tala Point to Foulweather Bluff,

(D) Skagit Bay and adjacent area‑-from Brown Point to Yokeko Point, ((and))

(E) Padilla Bay‑-from March Point to William Point, and

(F) Budd Inlet‑-from the northwest extension of Capitol Waterway in Olympia to the Deschutes spillway, and including the historic shoreline of Budd Inlet contained in Capitol Lake from the Deschutes spillway to the southwest extension of Capitol Waterway;

(iii) Those areas of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and adjacent salt waters north to the Canadian line and lying seaward from the line of extreme low tide;

(iv) Those lakes, whether natural, artificial, or a combination thereof, with a surface acreage of one thousand acres or more measured at the ordinary high water mark;

(v) Those natural rivers or segments thereof as follows:

(A) Any west of the crest of the Cascade range downstream of a point where the mean annual flow is measured at one thousand cubic feet per second or more,

(B) Any east of the crest of the Cascade range downstream of a point where the annual flow is measured at two hundred cubic feet per second or more, or those portions of rivers east of the crest of the Cascade range downstream from the first three hundred square miles of drainage area, whichever is longer;

(vi) Those shorelands associated with (i), (ii), (iv), and (v) of this subsection (2)(e);

(f) "Shorelands" or "shoreland areas" means those lands extending landward for two hundred feet in all directions as measured on a horizontal plane from the ordinary high water mark; floodways and contiguous floodplain areas landward two hundred feet from such floodways; and all wetlands and river deltas associated with the streams, lakes, and tidal waters which are subject to the provisions of this chapter; the same to be designated as to location by the department of ecology.

(i) Any county or city may determine that portion of a one-hundred-year-flood plain to be included in its master program as long as such portion includes, as a minimum, the floodway and the adjacent land extending landward two hundred feet therefrom.

      (ii) Any city or county may also include in its master program land necessary for buffers for critical areas, as defined in chapter 36.70A RCW, that occur within shorelines of the state, provided that forest practices regulated under chapter 76.09 RCW, except conversions to nonforest land use, on lands subject to the provisions of this subsection (2)(f)(ii) are not subject to additional regulations under this chapter;

(g) "Floodway" means the area, as identified in a master program, that either:  (i) Has been established in federal emergency management agency flood insurance rate maps or floodway maps; or (ii) consists of those portions of a river valley lying streamward from the outer limits of a watercourse upon which flood waters are carried during periods of flooding that occur with reasonable regularity, although not necessarily annually, said floodway being identified, under normal condition, by changes in surface soil conditions or changes in types or quality of vegetative ground cover condition, topography, or other indicators of flooding that occurs with reasonable regularity, although not necessarily annually.  Regardless of the method used to identify the floodway, the floodway shall not include those lands that can reasonably be expected to be protected from flood waters by flood control devices maintained by or maintained under license from the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision of the state;

(h) "Wetlands" means areas that are inundated or saturated by surface water or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas. Wetlands do not include those artificial wetlands intentionally created from nonwetland sites, including, but not limited to, irrigation and drainage ditches, grass-lined swales, canals, detention facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, farm ponds, and landscape amenities, or those wetlands created after July 1, 1990, that were unintentionally created as a result of the construction of a road, street, or highway. Wetlands may include those artificial wetlands intentionally created from nonwetland areas to mitigate the conversion of wetlands.

(3) Procedural terms:

(a) "Guidelines" means those standards adopted to implement the policy of this chapter for regulation of use of the shorelines of the state prior to adoption of master programs.  Such standards shall also provide criteria to local governments and the department in developing master programs;

(b) "Master program" shall mean the comprehensive use plan for a described area, and the use regulations together with maps, diagrams, charts, or other descriptive material and text, a statement of desired goals, and standards developed in accordance with the policies enunciated in RCW 90.58.020;

(c) "State master program" is the cumulative total of all master programs approved or adopted by the department of ecology;

(d) "Development" means a use consisting of the construction or exterior alteration of structures; dredging; drilling; dumping; filling; removal of any sand, gravel, or minerals; bulkheading; driving of piling; placing of obstructions; or any project of a permanent or temporary nature which interferes with the normal public use of the surface of the waters overlying lands subject to this chapter at any state of water level;

(e) "Substantial development" shall mean any development of which the total cost or fair market value exceeds five thousand dollars, or any development which materially interferes with the normal public use of the water or shorelines of the state.  The dollar threshold established in this subsection (3)(e) must be adjusted for inflation by the office of financial management every five years, beginning July 1, 2007, based upon changes in the consumer price index during that time period.  "Consumer price index" means, for any calendar year, that year's annual average consumer price index, Seattle, Washington area, for urban wage earners and clerical workers, all items, compiled by the bureau of labor and statistics, United States department of labor.  The office of financial management must calculate the new dollar threshold and transmit it to the office of the code reviser for publication in the Washington State Register at least one month before the new dollar threshold is to take effect.  The following shall not be considered substantial developments for the purpose of this chapter:

(i) Normal maintenance or repair of existing structures or developments, including damage by accident, fire, or elements;

(ii) Construction of the normal protective bulkhead common to single family residences;

      (iii) Emergency construction necessary to protect property from damage by the elements;


(iv) Construction and practices normal or necessary for farming, irrigation, and ranching activities, including agricultural service roads and utilities on shorelands, and the construction and maintenance of irrigation structures including but not limited to head gates, pumping facilities, and irrigation channels.  A feedlot of any size, all processing plants, other activities of a commercial nature, alteration of the contour of the shorelands by leveling or filling other than that which results from normal cultivation, shall not be considered normal or necessary farming or ranching activities.  A feedlot shall be an enclosure or facility used or capable of being used for feeding livestock hay, grain, silage, or other livestock feed, but shall not include land for growing crops or vegetation for livestock feeding and/or grazing, nor shall it include normal livestock wintering operations;

(v) Construction or modification of navigational aids such as channel markers and anchor buoys;

(vi) Construction on shorelands by an owner, lessee, or contract purchaser of a single family residence for his own use or for the use of his or her family, which residence does not exceed a height of thirty-five feet above average grade level and which meets all requirements of the state agency or local government having jurisdiction thereof, other than requirements imposed pursuant to this chapter;

(vii) Construction of a dock, including a community dock, designed for pleasure craft only, for the private noncommercial use of the owner, lessee, or contract purchaser of single and multiple family residences.  This exception applies if either:  (A) In salt waters, the fair market value of the dock does not exceed two thousand five hundred dollars; or (B) in fresh waters, the fair market value of the dock does not exceed ten thousand dollars, but if subsequent construction having a fair market value exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars occurs within five years of completion of the prior construction, the subsequent construction shall be considered a substantial development for the purpose of this chapter;

(viii) Operation, maintenance, or construction of canals, waterways, drains, reservoirs, or other facilities that now exist or are hereafter created or developed as a part of an irrigation system for the primary purpose of making use of system waters, including return flow and artificially stored groundwater for the irrigation of lands;

(ix) The marking of property lines or corners on state owned lands, when such marking does not significantly interfere with normal public use of the surface of the water;

(x) Operation and maintenance of any system of dikes, ditches, drains, or other facilities existing on September 8, 1975, which were created, developed, or utilized primarily as a part of an agricultural drainage or diking system;

(xi) Site exploration and investigation activities that are prerequisite to preparation of an application for development authorization under this chapter, if:

(A) The activity does not interfere with the normal public use of the surface waters;

(B) The activity will have no significant adverse impact on the environment including, but not limited to, fish, wildlife, fish or wildlife habitat, water quality, and aesthetic values;

(C) The activity does not involve the installation of a structure, and upon completion of the activity the vegetation and land configuration of the site are restored to conditions existing before the activity;

(D) A private entity seeking development authorization under this section first posts a performance bond or provides other evidence of financial responsibility to the local jurisdiction to ensure that the site is restored to preexisting conditions; and

(E) The activity is not subject to the permit requirements of RCW 90.58.550;

(xii) The process of removing or controlling an aquatic noxious weed, as defined in RCW 17.26.020, through the use of an herbicide or other treatment methods applicable to weed control that are recommended by a final environmental impact statement published by the department of agriculture or the department jointly with other state agencies under chapter 43.21C RCW.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.  A new section is added to chapter 35A.63 RCW to read as follows:

(1) A special height moratorium is created on the Olympia Isthmus in the area adjacent to the historic Budd Inlet named in RCW 90.58.030 in order to protect the scenic beauty of the state capitol campus for the citizens of this state and for out-of-state visitors.

(2) The Olympia Isthmus special height moratorium is located as follows:  The Olympia Isthmus--from the western boundary of Capitol Waterway in Olympia proceeding west to the shoreline of the Deschutes spillway bounded by Capitol Lake shoreline and Budd Inlet shoreline.

(3) The maximum allowable height for a new or remodeled building or structure located within the Olympia Isthmus special height moratorium is thirty-five feet.  This section only applies to new construction, and remodeling or restructuring that affects the height of the building.  This section is not intended to prevent normal repair, maintenance, and internal remodeling of any building already exceeding the height limitation.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 6.  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.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 7.  This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately."

Senator Fraser spoke in favor of adoption of the amendment to the committee striking amendment.

Senator Delvin spoke against adoption of the amendment to the committee striking amendment.

 

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the adoption of the amendment by Senator Fraser and others on page 1, line 3 to the committee striking amendment to Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1379.

The motion by Senator Fraser carried and the amendment to the committee striking amendment was adopted by voice vote.

 

MOTION

 

Senator Kilmer moved that the following amendment by Senator Kilmer and others to the committee striking amendment be adopted.

On page 1, line 12 of the amendment, after "act" insert ", while recognizing the legitimate interests of existing shoreline related developments during the period of interim moratoria"

On page 1, line 26 of the amendment, after "subsection" strike "." and insert ";

(iv) Provide that all lawfully existing uses, structures, or other development shall continue to be deemed lawful conforming uses and may continue to be maintained, repaired, and redeveloped, so long as the use is not expanded, under the terms of the land use and shoreline rules and regulations in place at the time of the moratorium."

Senator Kilmer spoke in favor of adoption of the amendment to the committee striking amendment.

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the adoption of the amendment by Senator Kilmer and others on page 1, line 12 to the committee striking amendment to Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1379.

The motion by Senator Kilmer carried and the amendment to the committee striking amendment was adopted by voice vote.


The President declared the question before the Senate to be the adoption of the committee striking amendment by the Committee on Government Operations & Elections as amended to Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1379.

The motion by Senator Fraser carried and the committee striking amendment as amended was adopted by voice vote.

 

MOTION

 

There being no objection, the following title amendment were adopted:

On page 1, line 2 of the title, after "act;" strike the remainder of the title and insert "adding a new section to chapter 90.58 RCW; and creating a new section."

On page 2, line 16 of the title amendment, after "insert" strike all material through "section." on line 17 and insert "amending RCW 90.58.030; adding a new section to chapter 90.58 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 35A.63 RCW; creating new sections; and declaring an emergency."

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Fraser, the rules were suspended, Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1379 as amended by the Senate was advanced to third reading, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

Senator Swecker spoke against passage of the bill.

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the final passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1379 as amended by the Senate.

 

ROLL CALL

 

The Secretary called the roll on the final passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1379 as amended by the Senate and the bill passed the Senate by the following vote:  Yeas, 31; Nays, 16; Absent, 0; Excused, 2.

Voting yea: Senators Berkey, Brown, Eide, Franklin, Fraser, Hargrove, Haugen, Hobbs, Jacobsen, Jarrett, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer, King, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McDermott, Morton, Murray, Oemig, Pflug, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Rockefeller, Shin and Tom

Voting nay: Senators Becker, Benton, Brandland, Carrell, Delvin, Hatfield, Hewitt, Holmquist, Honeyford, McCaslin, Parlette, Roach, Schoesler, Stevens, Swecker and Zarelli

Excused: Senators Fairley and Sheldon

ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1379 as amended by the Senate, having received the constitutional majority, was declared passed. There being no objection, the title of the bill was ordered to stand as the title of the act.

 

MOTION

 

At 12:01 p.m., on motion of Senator Eide, the Senate was recessed until 1:30 p.m.

 

                              AFTERNOON SESSION

 

The Senate was called to order at 1:30 p.m. by President Owen.

 

SECOND READING

 

HOUSE BILL NO. 1264, by Representatives Springer, Rodne and Eddy

 

Regarding the creation and registration of entities formed by public agencies.

 

The measure was read the second time.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Kline, the rules were suspended, House Bill No. 1264 was advanced to third reading, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

Senator Kline spoke in favor of passage of the bill.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Brandland, Senators Benton, Carrell and Pflug were excused.

 

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the final passage of House Bill No. 1264.

 

ROLL CALL

 

The Secretary called the roll on the final passage of House Bill No. 1264 and the bill passed the Senate by the following vote:  Yeas, 44; Nays, 0; Absent, 2; Excused, 3.

Voting yea: Senators Becker, Berkey, Brandland, Carrell, Delvin, Eide, Franklin, Fraser, Hargrove, Hatfield, Haugen, Hewitt, Hobbs, Holmquist, Honeyford, Jacobsen, Jarrett, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer, King, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McCaslin, McDermott, Morton, Murray, Oemig, Parlette, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Roach, Rockefeller, Schoesler, Sheldon, Shin, Stevens, Swecker, Tom and Zarelli

Absent: Senators Brown and McAuliffe

Excused: Senators Benton, Fairley and Pflug

HOUSE BILL NO. 1264, having received the constitutional majority, was declared passed. There being no objection, the title of the bill was ordered to stand as the title of the act.

 

SECOND READING

 

ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1571, by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake and Chandler)

 

Regarding the adjudication of water rights.

 

The measure was read the second time.

 

MOTION

 

Senator Rockefeller moved that the following committee striking amendment by the Committee on Environment, Water & Energy be adopted.

Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

"Sec. 1.  RCW 90.03.110 and 1987 c 109 s 72 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Upon the filing of a petition with the department by a planning unit or by one or more persons claiming the right to ((divert)) any waters within the state or when, after investigation, in the judgment of the department, the ((interest of the public will be subserved by a determination of the rights thereto, it shall be the duty of the department to)) public interest will be served by a determination of the rights thereto, the department shall prepare a statement of the facts, together with a plan or map of the locality under investigation, and file such statement and plan or map in the superior court of the county in which said water is situated, or, in case such water flows or is situated in more than one county, in the county which the department shall determine to be the most convenient to the parties interested therein.  Such a statement shall ((contain substantially the following matter, to wit:


(1) The names of all known persons claiming the right to divert said water, the right to the diversion of which is sought to be determined, and

(2) A brief statement of the facts in relation to such water, and the necessity for a determination of the rights thereto)):

(a) Either (i) identify each person or entity owning real property situated within the area to be adjudicated but outside the boundaries of a city, town, or special purpose district that provides water to property within its service area; (ii) identify all known persons claiming a right to the water sought to be determined; or (iii) identify both; and

      (b) Include a brief statement of the facts in relation to such water, and the necessity for a determination of the rights thereto.

(2) Prior to filing an adjudication under this chapter, the department shall:

(a) Consult with the administrative office of the courts to determine whether sufficient judicial resources are available to commence and to prosecute the adjudication in a timely manner; and

(b) Report to the appropriate committees of the legislature on the estimated budget needs for the court and the department to conduct the adjudication.

Sec. 2.  RCW 90.03.120 and 1987 c 109 s 73 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Upon the filing of the statement and map as provided in RCW 90.03.110 the judge of such superior court shall make an order directing summons to be issued, and fixing the return day thereof, which shall be not less than ((sixty)) one hundred nor more than ((ninety)) one hundred thirty days, after the making of such order: PROVIDED, That for good cause, the court, at the request of the department, may modify said time period.

(2) A summons issued under this section shall ((thereupon)) be issued out of said superior court, signed and attested by the clerk thereof, in the name of the state of Washington, as plaintiff, against all known persons ((claiming the right to divert the water involved and also all persons unknown claiming the right to divert the water involved, which said)) identified by the department under RCW 90.03.110.  The summons shall contain a brief statement of the objects and purpose of the proceedings and shall require the defendants to appear on the return day thereof, and make and file ((a statement of)) an adjudication claim to, or interest in, the water involved and a statement that unless they appear at the time and place fixed and assert such right, judgment will be entered determining their rights according to the evidence:  PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That any persons claiming the right to ((the use of)) water by virtue of a contract with a claimant to the right to divert the same, shall not be necessary parties to the proceeding.

(3) To the extent consistent with court rules and subject to the availability of funds provided either by direct appropriation or funded through the administrative office of the courts for this specific adjudicative proceeding, the court is encouraged to conduct the water rights adjudication employing innovative practices and technologies appropriate to large scale and complex cases, such as:  (a) Electronic filing of documents, including notice and claims; (b) appearance via teleconferencing; (c) prefiling of testimony; and (d) other practices and technologies consistent with court rules and emerging technologies.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  A new section is added to chapter 90.03 RCW to read as follows:

(1) A judge in a water right adjudication filed under this chapter may be partially or fully disqualified from hearing the adjudication. Partial disqualification means disqualification from hearing specified claims.  Full disqualification means disqualification from hearing any aspect of the adjudication.

(a) A judge is partially disqualified when the judge's impartiality might reasonably be questioned and the apparent or actual partiality is limited to specified claims.

(b) A judge is fully disqualified when the judge's impartiality might reasonably be questioned and the apparent or actual partiality extends beyond limited claims such that the judge should not hear any part of the adjudication.

(2) A judge may recuse himself or herself under this section or a party may file a motion for disqualification.  A motion for disqualification must state whether the remedy being sought is full or partial disqualification.

(3)(a) For parties who are named in the original pleadings, a motion for disqualification is timely if it is filed before the judge issues a discretionary order or ruling in the adjudication.

(b) For a party who is joined in the adjudication after the original pleadings have been filed, a motion for disqualification is timely if it is filed within the earliest of either (i) thirty days of being joined in the adjudication; or (ii) after the joinder of the party, before the judge issues a discretionary order or ruling relating to the joined party.

(c) When a motion for disqualification is untimely filed under this subsection (3), the motion will be granted only when necessary to correct a substantial injustice.

      (d) For purposes of this section, "discretionary order or ruling" has the same meaning as "order or ruling involving discretion" in RCW 4.12.050.

(4) A party filing a motion for disqualification under this section has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that the judge should be disqualified under the standards of subsection (1) of this section.

(5) The motion for disqualification may not be heard by the judge against whom the motion is filed.  Subject to this limitation, the court may assign the disqualification motion to any superior court judge of the judicial district in which the adjudication was filed or to a visiting superior court judge under RCW 2.56.040.

(6) Except as stated in subsection (3)(d) of this section, RCW 4.12.040 and 4.12.050, which otherwise govern the disqualification of superior court judges, do not apply to water right adjudications filed under this chapter.  The standards set forth in RCW 2.28.030, which govern the disqualification of judicial officers generally, may be grounds for disqualification under this section.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  A new section is added to chapter 90.03 RCW to read as follows:

Upon expiration of the filing period established under RCW 90.03.120(2), the department shall file a motion for default against defendants who have been served but who have failed to file an adjudication claim under RCW 90.03.140.  A party in default may file a late claim under the same circumstances the party could respond or defend under court rules on default judgments.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.  A new section is added to chapter 90.03 RCW to read as follows:

If an adjudication claim is for a use for which a statement of claim was required to be filed under chapter 90.14 RCW and no such claim was filed, the department may move that the adjudication claim be denied.  The court shall grant the department's motion unless the claimant shows good cause why the motion should not be granted.

Sec. 6.  RCW 90.03.130 and 1987 c 109 s 74 are each amended to read as follows:


Service of said summons shall be made in the same manner and with the same force and effect as service of summons in civil actions commenced in the superior courts of the state:  PROVIDED, That ((for good cause, the court, at the request of the department, as an alternative to personal service, may authorize service of summons to be)) as an alternative to personal service, service may be made by certified mail, with return receipt signed and dated by defendant, a spouse of a defendant, or another person authorized to accept service. If the defendants, or either of them, cannot be found within the state of Washington, of which the return of the sheriff of the county in which the proceeding is pending or the failure to sign a receipt for certified mail shall be prima facie evidence, upon the filing of an affidavit by the department, or its attorney, in conformity with the statute relative to the service of summons by publication in civil actions, such service may be made by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which such proceeding is pending, and also publication of said summons in a newspaper of general circulation in each county in which any portion of the water is situated, once a week for six consecutive weeks (six publications). ((In cases where personal service can be had, such summons shall be served at least twenty days before the return day thereof.))  The summons by publication shall state that ((statements of)) adjudication claims must be filed within ((twenty)) sixty days after the last publication or before the return date, whichever is later.  In cases where personal service or service by certified mail is had, summons must be served at least sixty days before the return day thereof.  For summons by certified mail, completion of service occurs upon the date of receipt by the defendant.

Personal service of summons may be made by department of ecology employees for actions pertaining to water rights.

Sec. 7.  RCW 90.03.140 and 1987 c 109 s 75 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) On or before the ((return day of such summons, each defendant shall file in the office of the clerk of said court a statement, and therewith a copy thereof for the department, containing substantially the following:

(1) The name and post office address of defendant.

      (2) The full nature of the right, or use, on which the claim is based.

(3) The time of initiation of such right and commencement of such use.

(4) The date of beginning and completion of construction.

(5) The dimensions and capacity of all ditches existing at the time of making said statement.

(6) The amount of land under irrigation and the maximum quantity of water used thereon prior to the date of said statement and if for power, or other purposes, the maximum quantity of water used prior to date of said statement.

(7) The legal description of the land upon which said water has been, or may be, put to beneficial use, and the legal description of the subdivision of land on which the point of diversion is located.

Such statement)) date specified in the summons, each defendant shall file with the clerk of the superior court an adjudication claim on a form and in a manner provided by the department, and mail or electronically mail a copy to the department.  The department shall provide information that will assist claimants of small uses of water in completing their adjudication claims.  The adjudication claim must contain substantially the following, except that when the legal basis for the claimed right is a federally reserved right, the information must be filed only as applicable:

(a) The name, mailing address, and telephone contact number of each defendant on the claim, and e-mail address, if available;

(b) The purpose or purposes of use of the water and the annual and instantaneous quantities of water put to beneficial use;

(c) For each use, the date the first steps were taken under the law to put the water to beneficial use;

(d) The date of beginning and completion of the construction of wells, ditches, or other works to put the water to use;

(e) The maximum amount of land ever under irrigation and the maximum annual and instantaneous quantities of water ever used thereon prior to the date of the statement and if for power, or other purposes, the maximum annual and instantaneous quantities of water ever used prior to the date of the adjudication claim;

(f) The dates between which water is used annually;

      (g) If located outside the boundaries of a city, town, or special purpose district that provides water to property within its service area, the legal description and county tax parcel number of the land upon which the water as presently claimed has been, or may be, put to beneficial use;

(h) The legal description and county tax parcel number of the subdivision of land on which the point of diversion or withdrawal is located as well as land survey and geographic positioning coordinates of the same if available;

(i) Whether a right to surface or groundwater, or both, is claimed and the source of the surface water and the location and depth of all wells;

(j) The legal basis for the claimed right;

(k) Whether a statement of claim relating to the water right was filed under chapter 90.14 RCW or whether a declaration relating to the water right was filed under chapter 90.44 RCW and, if so, the claim or declaration number, and whether the right is documented by a permit or certificate and, if so, the permit number or certificate number.  When the source is a well, the well log number must be provided, when available;

(l) The amount of land and the annual and instantaneous quantities of water used thereon, or used for power or other purposes, that the defendant claims as a present right.

(2) The adjudication claim shall be verified on oath by the defendant((, and in the discretion of the court may be amended)).  The department shall furnish the form for the adjudication claim.  A claimant may file an adjudication claim electronically if authorized under state and local court rules.  The department may assist claimants in their effort by making the department's pertinent records and information accessible electronically or by other means and through conferring with claimants.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 8.  A new section is added to chapter 90.03 RCW to read as follows:

Within the date set by the court for filing evidence, each claimant shall file with the court evidence to support the claimant's adjudication claims.  The court is encouraged to set a date for filing evidence that is reasonable and fair for the timely processing of the adjudication.  The evidence may include, without limitation, permits or certificates of water right, statements of claim made under chapter 90.14 RCW, deeds, documents related to issuance of a land patent, aerial photographs, decrees of previous water rights adjudications, crop records, records of livestock purchases and sales, records of power use, metering records, declarations containing testimonial evidence, records of diversion, withdrawal or storage and delivery by irrigation districts or ditch companies, and any other evidence to support that a water right was obtained and was not thereafter abandoned or relinquished.  The evidence filed may include matters that are outside the original adjudication claim filed, and within the date set by the court for filing evidence, the claimant may amend the adjudication claim to conform to the evidence filed.  Thereafter, except for good cause shown, a claimant may not file additional evidence to support the claim.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 9.  A new section is added to chapter 90.03 RCW to read as follows:

(1) Upon the receipt of adjudication claims and the filing of claimants' evidence, the department shall conduct a preliminary investigation for the purpose of examining:

(a) The uses of the subject waters by and any physical works in connection with the persons to whom the adjudication applies; and

(b) The uses for which a statement of claim has been filed under chapter 90.14 RCW or for which the department has a permit or certificate of water right on record.


(2)(a) The examination may include, as the department deems appropriate: 

(i) An estimation of the amount of water that is reasonably necessary to accomplish various beneficial uses within the area;

(ii) The measurement of stream flows;

(iii) The measurement of any diversion or withdrawal rates;

(iv) An estimation of storage capacity and the amount of water stored;

(v) The types and numbers of stock watered;

(vi) The number of residences served;

(vii) The location and size of any irrigated land areas; and

      (viii) Any other information pertinent to the determination of water rights in an adjudication under this chapter.

(b) The department may also take other necessary steps and gather other data and information as may be essential to the proper understanding of the water uses and associated rights of the affected water users, including review of each claimant's adjudication claim and evidence the claimant filed to support the claim.  The claimants and the department are encouraged to confer as may be beneficial to clarify the factual and legal basis for the claim.  To the extent consistent with court rules, the court may deem it appropriate to encourage claimants and the department to work closely together to reach agreement on a claimed water right that may result in timely settlement of water rights, reduced costs for the parties, greater equity and general public service, and better information that may be used for overall water management.

(3) The department shall file with the court the department's report of findings as to each adjudication claim filed timely under RCW 90.03.140.  The department may divide its report of findings into two or more segments, covering particular drainages, uses, or other appropriate bases for dividing the report on adjudication claims. Based on the evidence filed by claimants and the department's report of findings, the department shall file with the superior court either or both of the following motions:

(a) A motion for a partial decree in favor of all stated claims under RCW 90.03.140 that the department finds to be substantiated with factual evidence; or

(b) A motion seeking determination of contested claims before the court.

Sec. 10.  RCW 90.03.160 and 1989 c 80 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Upon ((the completion of the service of summons as hereinbefore provided, the superior court in which said proceeding is pending shall make an order referring said proceeding to the department to take testimony by its duly authorized designee, as referee, and the designee shall report to and file with the superior court of the county in which such cause is pending a transcript of such testimony for adjudication thereon by such court.  The superior court may, in any complex case with more than one thousand named defendants, including the United States, retain for hearing and further processing such portions of the proceeding as pertain to a discrete class or classes of defendants or claims of water rights if the court determines that:  (1) Resolution of claims of such classes appear to involve significant issues of law, either procedural or substantive; and (2) such a retention will both expedite the conclusion of the case and reduce the overall expenditures of the plaintiff, defendants, and the court)) filing of the department's motion or motions under section 9(3) of this act, any party with a claim filed under RCW 90.03.140 for the appropriation of water or waters of the subject adjudication may file and serve a response to the department's motion or motions within the time set by the court for such a response.  Objections must include specific information in regard to the particular disposition against which the objection is being made.  Objections must also state the underlying basis of the objection being made, including general information about the forms of evidence that support the objection.  Any party may file testimony with the court and serve it on other parties.  If a party intends to cross-examine a claimant or witness based on another party's prefiled testimony, the party intending to cross-examine shall file a notice of intent to cross-examine no later than fifteen days in advance of the hearing.  If no notice of intent to cross-examine based on the prefiled testimony is given, then the claimant or witness is not required to appear at the hearing.  Any party may present evidence in support of or in response to an objection.

(2) The superior court may appoint a referee or other judicial officer to assist the court.

(3) The superior court may adopt special rules of procedure for an adjudication of water rights under this chapter, including simplified procedures for claimants of small uses of water.  The rules of procedure for a superior court apply to an adjudication of water rights under this chapter unless superseded by special rules of the court under this subsection.  The superior court is encouraged to consider entering, after notice and hearing and as the court determines appropriate, pretrial orders from an adjudication commenced on October 12, 1977.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 11.  A new section is added to chapter 90.03 RCW to read as follows:

(1) The legislature finds that early settlement of contested claims is needed for a fair and efficient adjudication of water rights. Therefore, the department and other parties should identify opportunities for settlement following the date set by the court for filing evidence for all parties.  To the extent consistent with court rules, the court as it deems beneficial is encouraged to urge as many parties to the adjudication as possible to reach timely agreement on claimed water rights in a manner that limits costs to the public, claimants, counties, courts, and the department.  Further, at appropriate times throughout the process the court as it deems beneficial is encouraged to direct parties to utilize alternative methods of dispute resolution, including informal meetings, negotiation, mediation, or other methods to reach agreement on disputed claims.

(2) Any time after the filing of all claims under RCW 90.03.140, the department or another party may move the superior court to allow parties to meet for settlement discussions for a set length of time, either before an appointed mediator or without a mediator.  For good cause shown, the court may extend the length of time for settlement discussions.  The costs of mediation must be equitably borne by the parties to the mediation.

(3) If the department and a claimant reach agreement on settlement, the department shall file a motion to approve the settlement pursuant to section 9(3)(a) of this act and shall disclose the terms of the settlement to other parties to the adjudication.  The court shall conduct a hearing prior to approving a settlement and any party to the adjudication may object or offer modifications to the settlement.

Sec. 12.  RCW 90.03.180 and 1995 c 292 s 21 are each amended to read as follows:

At the time of filing the ((statement)) adjudication claim as provided in RCW 90.03.140, each defendant, except the United States or an Indian tribe under 43 U.S.C. Sec. 666, shall pay to the clerk of the superior court a fee as set under RCW ((36.18.020)) 36.18.016.

Sec. 13.  RCW 90.03.200 and 1988 c 202 s 91 are each amended to read as follows:


Upon the ((filing of the evidence and the report of the department, any interested party may, on or before five days prior to the date of said hearing, file exceptions to such report in writing and such exception shall set forth the grounds therefor and a copy thereof shall be served personally or by registered mail upon all parties who have appeared in the proceeding.  If no exceptions be filed, the court shall enter a decree determining the rights of the parties according to the evidence and the report of the department, whether such parties have appeared therein or not.  If exceptions are filed the action shall proceed as in case of reference of a suit in equity and the court may in its discretion take further evidence or, if necessary, remand the case for such further evidence to be taken by the department's designee, and may require further report by him.  Costs, not including taxable attorneys fees, may be allowed or not; if allowed, may be apportioned among the parties in the discretion of the court)) court's determination of all issues, the court shall issue a final decree and provide notice of the decree to all parties.  The final decree must order each party whose rights have been confirmed, except the United States or an Indian tribe under 43 U.S.C. Sec. 666, to pay the department the fees required by RCW 90.03.470(10) and any other applicable fee schedule within ninety days after the department sends notice to the party under RCW 90.03.240.  Appellate review of the decree shall be in the same manner as in other cases in equity, except that review must be sought within sixty days from the entry thereof.

Sec. 14.  RCW 90.03.210 and 2001 c 220 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) During the pendency of such adjudication proceedings prior to judgment or upon review by an appellate court, the stream or other water involved shall be regulated or partially regulated according to the schedule of rights specified in the department's report upon an order of the court authorizing such regulation:  PROVIDED, Any interested party may file a bond and obtain an order staying the regulation of said stream as to him, in which case the court shall make such order regarding the regulation of the stream or other water as he may deem just.  The bond shall be filed within five days following the service of notice of appeal in an amount to be fixed by the court and with sureties satisfactory to the court, conditioned to perform the judgment of the court.

(2) Any appeal of a decision of the department on an application to change or transfer a water right subject to ((a general)) an adjudication that is being litigated actively ((and was commenced before October 13, 1977,)) shall be conducted as follows:

(a) The appeal shall be filed with the court conducting the adjudication and served under RCW 34.05.542(3).  The content of the notice of appeal shall conform to RCW 34.05.546.  Standing to appeal shall be based on the requirements of RCW 34.05.530 and is not limited to parties to the adjudication.

(b) If the appeal includes a challenge to the portion of the department's decision that pertains to tentative determinations of the validity and extent of the water right, review of those tentative determinations shall be conducted by the court consistent with the provisions of RCW 34.05.510 through 34.05.598, except that the review shall be de novo.

(c) If the appeal includes a challenge to any portion of the department's decision other than the tentative determinations of the validity and extent of the right, the court must certify to the pollution control hearings board for review and decision those portions of the department's decision.  Review by the pollution control hearings board shall be conducted consistent with chapter 43.21B RCW and the board's implementing regulations, except that the requirements for filing, service, and content of the notice of appeal shall be governed by (a) of this subsection.  Any party to an appeal may move the court to certify portions of the appeal to the pollution control hearings board, but the appellant must file a motion for certification no later than ninety days after the appeal is filed under this section.

(d) Appeals shall be scheduled to afford all parties full opportunity to participate before the superior court and the pollution control hearings board.

(e) Any person wishing to appeal the decision of the board made under (c) of this subsection shall seek review of the decision in accordance with chapter 34.05 RCW, except that the petition for review must be filed with the superior court conducting the adjudication.

      (3) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect or modify any treaty or other federal rights of an Indian tribe, or the rights of any federal agency or other person or entity arising under federal law. Nothing in this section is intended or shall be construed as affecting or modifying any existing right of a federally recognized Indian tribe to protect from impairment its federally reserved water rights in federal court.

Sec. 15.  RCW 90.03.240 and 1987 c 109 s 82 are each amended to read as follows:

Upon the court's final determination of the rights to ((the diversion of)) water ((it shall be the duty of)), the department ((to)) shall issue to each person entitled to ((the diversion of)) a water right by such a determination, a certificate ((under his official seal)) of adjudicated water right, setting forth the name and ((post office)) mailing address of record with the court of such person; the priority and purpose of the right; the period during which said right may be exercised, the point of diversion or withdrawal, and the place of use; the land to which said water right is appurtenant ((and when applicable)); the maximum ((quantity)) annual and instantaneous quantities of water allowed; and specific provisions or limitations or both under which the water right has been confirmed.

The department shall provide notice to the water right holder that the certificate has been prepared for issuance and that fees for the issuance of the certificate are due in accordance with RCW 90.03.470 and any other applicable fee schedule.  If the water right holder fails to submit the required fees within one year from the date the notice was issued by the department, the department may move the court for sanctions for violation of the court's order in the final decree requiring payment.

Sec. 16.  RCW 90.03.243 and 1982 c 15 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

The expenses incurred by the state in a proceeding to determine rights to water initiated under RCW 90.03.110 or 90.44.220 or upon appeal of such a determination shall be borne by the state.  Subject to the availability of state funding provided either by direct appropriation or funded through the administrative office of the courts for this specific purpose, the county in which an adjudication or a suit to administer an adjudication is being held must be provided the extraordinary costs imposed on the superior court of that county due to the adjudication.

Sec. 17.  RCW 90.44.220 and 1987 c 109 s 119 are each amended to read as follows:

((In its discretion or upon the application of any party claiming right to the withdrawal and use of public groundwater, the department may file a petition)) Upon the filing of a petition with the department by a planning unit or by one or more persons claiming a right to any waters within the state or when, after investigation, in the judgment of the department, the public interest will be served by a determination of the rights thereto, the department shall file a petition to conduct an adjudication with the superior court of the county for the determination of the rights of appropriators of any particular groundwater body and all the provisions of RCW 90.03.110 through 90.03.240 ((as heretofore amended)) and sections 3 through 5, 8, 9, and 11 of this act, shall govern and apply to the adjudication and determination of such groundwater body and to the ownership thereof.  Hereafter, in any proceedings for the adjudication and determination of water rights‑-either rights to the use of surface water or to the use of groundwater, or both‑-pursuant to chapter 90.03 RCW ((as heretofore amended)), all appropriators of groundwater or of surface water in the particular basin or area may be included as parties to such adjudication, as ((pertinent)) set forth in chapter 90.03 RCW.

Sec. 18.  RCW 43.21B.110 and 2003 c 393 s 19 are each amended to read as follows:


(1) The hearings board shall only have jurisdiction to hear and decide appeals from the following decisions of the department, the director, local conservation districts, and the air pollution control boards or authorities as established pursuant to chapter 70.94 RCW, or local health departments:

(a) Civil penalties imposed pursuant to RCW 18.104.155, 70.94.431, 70.105.080, 70.107.050, 88.46.090, 90.03.600, 90.48.144, 90.56.310, and 90.56.330.

      (b) Orders issued pursuant to RCW 18.104.043, 18.104.060, 43.27A.190, 70.94.211, 70.94.332, 70.105.095, 86.16.020, 88.46.070, 90.14.130, 90.48.120, and 90.56.330.

(c) Except as provided in RCW 90.03.210(2), the issuance, modification, or termination of any permit, certificate, or license by the department or any air authority in the exercise of its jurisdiction, including the issuance or termination of a waste disposal permit, the denial of an application for a waste disposal permit, the modification of the conditions or the terms of a waste disposal permit, or a decision to approve or deny an application for a solid waste permit exemption under RCW 70.95.300.

(d) Decisions of local health departments regarding the grant or denial of solid waste permits pursuant to chapter 70.95 RCW.

(e) Decisions of local health departments regarding the issuance and enforcement of permits to use or dispose of biosolids under RCW 70.95J.080.

(f) Decisions of the department regarding waste-derived fertilizer or micronutrient fertilizer under RCW 15.54.820, and decisions of the department regarding waste-derived soil amendments under RCW 70.95.205.

(g) Decisions of local conservation districts related to the denial of approval or denial of certification of a dairy nutrient management plan; conditions contained in a plan; application of any dairy nutrient management practices, standards, methods, and technologies to a particular dairy farm; and failure to adhere to the plan review and approval timelines in RCW 90.64.026.

(h) Any other decision by the department or an air authority which pursuant to law must be decided as an adjudicative proceeding under chapter 34.05 RCW.

(2) The following hearings shall not be conducted by the hearings board:

(a) Hearings required by law to be conducted by the shorelines hearings board pursuant to chapter 90.58 RCW.

(b) Hearings conducted by the department pursuant to RCW 70.94.332, 70.94.390, 70.94.395, 70.94.400, 70.94.405, 70.94.410, and 90.44.180.

(c) ((Proceedings conducted by the department, or the department's designee, under RCW 90.03.160 through 90.03.210 or 90.44.220.)) Appeals of decisions by the department under RCW 90.03.110 and 90.44.220.

      (d) Hearings conducted by the department to adopt, modify, or repeal rules.

(e) Appeals of decisions by the department as provided in chapter 43.21L RCW.

(3) Review of rules and regulations adopted by the hearings board shall be subject to review in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05 RCW.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 19.  Except for section 14 of this act, this act applies only to adjudications initiated after the effective date of this section.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 20.  The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:

(1) RCW 90.03.170 (Determination of water rights‑-Hearing‑-Notice‑-Prior rights preserved) and 1987 c 109 s 77 & 1917 c 117 s 20; and

(2) RCW 90.03.190 (Determination of water rights‑-Transcript of testimony‑-Filing‑-Notice of hearing) and 1987 c 109 s 78 & 1917 c 117 s 22."

 

MOTION

 

Senator Rockefeller moved that the following amendment by Senator Rockefeller to the committee striking amendment be adopted.

On page 4, beginning on line 13 of the amendment, after "(6)" strike all material through "chapter." on line 16

On page 17, after line 7 of the amendment, insert the following:

"Sec. 19.  RCW 4.12.040 and 1989 c 15 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) No judge of a superior court of the state of Washington shall sit to hear or try any action or proceeding when it shall be established as hereinafter provided that said judge is prejudiced against any party or attorney, or the interest of any party or attorney appearing in such cause.  In such case the presiding judge in judicial districts where there is more than one judge shall forthwith transfer the action to another department of the same court, or call in a judge from some other court.  In all judicial districts where there is only one judge, a certified copy of the motion and affidavit filed in the cause shall be transmitted by the clerk of the superior court to the clerk of the superior court designated by the chief justice of the supreme court.  Upon receipt the clerk of said superior court shall transmit the forwarded affidavit to the presiding judge who shall direct a visiting judge to hear and try such action as soon as convenient and practical.

(2) The presiding judge in judicial districts where there is more than one judge, or the presiding judge of judicial districts where there is only one judge, may send a case for trial to another court if the convenience of witnesses or the ends of justice will not be interfered with by such a course and the action is of such a character that a change of venue may be ordered:  PROVIDED, That in criminal prosecutions the case shall not be sent for trial to any court outside the county unless the accused shall waive his or her right to a trial by a jury of the county in which the offense is alleged to have been committed.

(3) This section does not apply to water right adjudications filed under chapter 90.03 or 90.44 RCW.  Disqualification of judges in water right adjudications is governed by section 3 of this act.

Sec. 20.  RCW 4.12.050 and 1941 c 148 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:


(1) Any party to or any attorney appearing in any action or proceeding in a superior court, may establish such prejudice by motion, supported by affidavit that the judge before whom the action is pending is prejudiced against such party or attorney, so that such party or attorney cannot, or believes that he or she cannot, have a fair and impartial trial before such judge:  PROVIDED, That such motion and affidavit is filed and called to the attention of the judge before he or she shall have made any ruling whatsoever in the case, either on the motion of the party making the affidavit, or on the motion of any other party to the action, of the hearing of which the party making the affidavit has been given notice, and before the judge presiding has made any order or ruling involving discretion, but the arrangement of the calendar, the setting of an action, motion or proceeding down for hearing or trial, the arraignment of the accused in a criminal action or the fixing of bail, shall not be construed as a ruling or order involving discretion within the meaning of this proviso; and in any event, in counties where there is but one resident judge, such motion and affidavit shall be filed not later than the day on which the case is called to be set for trial:  AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That notwithstanding the filing of such motion and affidavit, if the parties shall, by stipulation in writing agree, such judge may hear argument and rule upon any preliminary motions, demurrers, or other matter thereafter presented:  AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That no party or attorney shall be permitted to make more than one such application in any action or proceeding under this section and RCW 4.12.040.

(2) This section does not apply to water right adjudications filed under chapter 90.03 or 90.44 RCW.  Disqualification of judges in water right adjudications is governed by section 3 of this act."

      Renumber the remaining sections consecutively and correct any internal references accordingly.

On page 17, after line 17 of the amendment, insert the following:

"NEW SECTION.  Sec. 21.  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."

Senator Rockefeller spoke in favor of adoption of the amendment to the committee striking amendment.

 

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the adoption of the amendment by Senator Rockefeller on page 4, line 13 to the committee striking amendment to Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1571.

The motion by Senator Rockefeller carried and the amendment to the committee striking amendment was adopted by voice vote.

 

MOTION

 

Senator Honeyford moved that the following amendment by Senator Honeyford to the committee striking amendment be adopted.

On page 12, line 26, after Athereof.@, insert AThe court issuing a final decree shall retain continuing jurisdiction to administer the decree.@

      Senator Honeyford spoke in favor of adoption of the amendment to the committee striking amendment.

Senator Honeyford demanded a roll call.

The President declared that one-sixth of the members supported the demand and the demand was sustained.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Eide, further consideration of Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 1571 was deferred and the bill held its place on the second reading calendar.

 

RULING BY THE PRESIDENT

 

President Owen: AIn ruling upon the point of order raised by Senator Zarelli as to the scope and object of the Ways & Means Committee striking amendment to Substitute House Bill 1778, the President finds and rules as follows:

Substitute House Bill 1778 as it came over from the House of Representatives is a bill that contains multiple topics, but it is fair to characterize them as all being related to various enforcement and licensing matters, including associated infractions and accounts.

While the committee amendment contains these same provisions, it also adds new provisions that restructure the governance of the Fish & Wildlife Commission.  These governance provisions go well beyond the original subject matter related to licensing and enforcement.

For these reasons, the President finds that Senator Zarelli's point is well-taken.  The committee amendment is beyond the scope and object of the underlying bill and not properly before the body for consideration.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Eide, further consideration of Substitute House Bill No. 1778 was deferred and the bill held its place on the second reading calendar.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Marr, Senator Brown was excused.

 

SECOND READING

 

ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2116, by House Committee on Capital Budget (originally sponsored by Representatives Maxwell, Dunshee, Upthegrove, Jacks, Liias and Simpson)

 

Concerning water pollution control.

 

The measure was read the second time.

 

MOTION

 

Senator Rockefeller moved that the following committee striking amendment by the Committee on Environment, Water & Energy be adopted.

Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

"Sec. 1.  RCW 90.50A.020 and 1993 c 329 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The water pollution control revolving fund is hereby established in the state treasury.  Moneys in this fund may be spent only after legislative appropriation.  Moneys in the fund may be spent only in a manner consistent with this chapter.

(2) The water pollution control revolving fund shall consist of:

(a) All capitalization grants provided by the federal government under the federal water quality act of 1987;

(b) Other moneys provided by the federal government including funds under the American recovery and reinvestment act of 2009 for water pollution control facilities and related activities to achieve federal water pollution requirements;

(c) All state matching funds appropriated or authorized by the legislature;

(((c))) (d) Any other revenues derived from gifts or bequests pledged to the state for the purpose of providing financial assistance for water pollution control projects;

(((d))) (e) All repayments of moneys borrowed from the fund;

(((e))) (f) All interest payments made by borrowers from the fund;

(((f))) (g) Any other fee or charge levied in conjunction with administration of the fund; and

(((g))) (h) Any new funds as a result of leveraging.

(3) The state treasurer may invest and reinvest moneys in the water pollution control revolving fund in the manner provided by law.  All earnings from such investment and reinvestment shall be credited to the water pollution control revolving fund.

Sec. 2.  RCW 90.50A.030 and 2007 c 341 s 38 are each amended to read as follows:

The department shall use the moneys in the water pollution control revolving fund to provide financial assistance, as provided in the water quality act of 1987 and ((as provided in)) RCW 90.50A.040, and pursuant to other federal requirements for achieving state and federal water pollution control for protection of the state's waters:

(1) To make loans, on the condition that:

(a) Such loans are made at or below market interest rates, including interest free loans, at terms not to exceed twenty years;


(b) Annual principal and interest payments will commence not later than one year after completion of any project and all loans will be fully amortized not later ((then)) than twenty years after project completion;

(c) The recipient of a loan will establish a dedicated source of revenue for repayment of loans; and

(d) The fund will be credited with all payments of principal and interest on all loans.

(2) Loans, including additional subsidization to eligible recipients in the form of forgiveness of principal and negative interest loans or grants or any combination thereof, may be made for the following purposes:

(a) To public bodies for the construction or replacement of water pollution control facilities as defined in section 212 of the federal water quality act of 1987;

(b) For the implementation of a management program established under section 319 of the federal water quality act of 1987 relating to the management of nonpoint sources of pollution, subject to the requirements of that act; and

(c) For development and implementation of a conservation and management plan under section 320 of the federal water quality act of 1987 relating to the national estuary program, subject to the requirements of that act.

(3) The department may also use the money in the water pollution control revolving fund provided by congress for additional subsidization to eligible recipients in the form of forgiveness of principal, negative interest loans or grants or any combination thereof.  Uses of forgiveness of principal and negative interest loans or grants include but are not limited to the following purposes:

(a) To public bodies for the construction or replacement of water pollution control facilities as defined in section 212 of the federal water quality act of 1987;

(b) For the implementation of a management program established under section 319 of the federal water quality act of 1987 relating to the management of nonpoint sources of pollution, subject to the requirements of that act;

(c) For development and implementation of a conservation and management plan under section 320 of the federal water quality act of 1987 relating to the national estuary program, subject to the requirements of that act;

(d) For storm water projects; and

(e) For combined sewer overflow projects.

(4) If additional subsidization is made available from moneys provided by congress to eligible recipients in the form of forgiveness of principal or negative interest loans or grants or any combination thereof, the department shall accept applications consistent with this chapter.

(5) The department may also use the moneys in the fund for the following purposes:

(a) To buy or refinance the water pollution control facilities' debt obligations of public bodies at or below market rates, if such debt was incurred after March 7, 1985;

(b) To guarantee, or purchase insurance for, public body obligations for water pollution control facility construction or replacement or activities if the guarantee or insurance would improve credit market access or reduce interest rates, or to provide loans to a public body for this purpose;

(c) As a source of revenue or security for the payment of principal and interest on revenue or general obligation bonds issued by the state if the proceeds of the sale of such bonds will be deposited in the fund;

(d) To earn interest on fund accounts; and

(e) To pay the expenses of the department in administering the water pollution control revolving fund according to administrative reserves authorized by federal and state law.

      (((4))) (6) The department shall present a biennial progress report on the use of moneys from the account to the appropriate committees of the legislature.  The report shall consist of a list of each recipient, project description, and amount of the grant, loan, or both.

(((5) The department may not use the moneys in the water pollution control revolving fund for grants.))

(7) When prioritizing project applications for loans, forgiveness of principal, and negative interest loans or grants or any combination thereof for water pollution control facilities, the department shall consider the following:

(a) The protection and improvement of water quality and public health;

(b) The cost to residential ratepayers if they must finance water pollution control facilities without state assistance;

(c) Actions required under federal and state permits and compliance orders, including projects with a history of noncompliance;

(d) Readiness of the project to proceed with planning, design, or construction;

(e) The cost-effectiveness of the project based on an analysis of alternatives, including regionalization;

(f) Whether the entity receiving assistance is a Puget Sound partner, as defined in RCW 90.71.010;

(g) Whether the project is referenced in the action agenda developed by the Puget Sound partnership under RCW 90.71.310;

(h) Effective one calendar year following the development and statewide availability of model evergreen community management plans and ordinances under RCW 35.105.050, whether the project is sponsored by an entity that has been recognized, and what gradation of recognition was received, in the evergreen community recognition program created in RCW 35.105.030;

(i) The extent to which the applicant county or city, or if the applicant is another public body, the extent to which the county or city in which the applicant public body is located, has established programs to mitigate nonpoint pollution of the surface or subterranean water sought to be protected by the water pollution control facility named in the application for state assistance; and

(j) The recommendations of the Puget Sound partnership, created in RCW 90.71.210, and any other board, council, commission, or group established by the legislature or a state agency to study water pollution control issues in the state.

Sec. 3.  RCW 90.50A.040 and 2007 c 341 s 39 are each amended to read as follows:

Moneys deposited in the water pollution control revolving fund shall be administered by the department.  In administering the fund, the department shall:

(1) Consistent with RCW 90.50A.030 and 90.50A.080, allocate funds for loans, forgiveness of principal, negative interest loans or grants or any combination thereof in accordance with the annual project priority list in accordance with section 212 of the federal water pollution control act as amended in 1987, and allocate funds under sections 319 and 320 according to the provisions of that act, and allocate funds for separate competitive programs relating to storm water systems, sewer systems, and septic systems prioritized on a worst case first need basis;

(2) Use accounting, audit, and fiscal procedures that conform to generally accepted government accounting standards;

(3) Prepare any reports required by the federal government as a condition to awarding federal capitalization grants;

(4) Adopt by rule any procedures or standards necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter;

(5) Enter into agreements with the federal environmental protection agency;


(6) Cooperate with local, substate regional, and interstate entities regarding state assessment reports and state management programs related to the nonpoint source management programs as noted in section 319(c) of the federal water pollution control act amendments of 1987 and estuary programs developed under section 320 of that act;

(7) Comply with provisions of the water quality act of 1987; and

(8) After January 1, 2010, not provide funding for projects designed to address the restoration of Puget Sound that are in conflict with the action agenda developed by the Puget Sound partnership under RCW 90.71.310.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  A new section is added to chapter 90.50A RCW to read as follows:

Any public body receiving a loan, forgiveness of principal, or negative interest loan or grant or any combination thereof from the fund shall:

(1) Appear on the annual project priority list to be identified for funding under section 212 of the federal water pollution control act amendments of 1987 or be eligible under sections 319 and 320 of that act;

(2) Submit an application to the department;

(3) Establish and maintain a dedicated source of revenue or other acceptable source of revenue for the repayment of the loan; and

(4) Demonstrate to the satisfaction of the department it has sufficient legal authority to incur the debt for the loan that it is applying for.

Sec. 5.  RCW 90.50A.060 and 1988 c 284 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

If a public body defaults on loan payments due to the fund, the state may withhold any amounts otherwise due to the public body and direct that such funds be applied to the indebtedness and deposited into the account.

Sec. 6.  RCW 90.48.110 and 2007 c 343 s 13 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Except under subsection (2) of this section, all engineering reports, plans, and specifications for the construction of new sewerage systems, sewage treatment or disposal plants or systems, or for improvements or extensions to existing sewerage systems or sewage treatment or disposal plants, and the proposed method of future operation and maintenance of said facility or facilities, shall be submitted to and be approved by the department, before construction thereof may begin.  No approval shall be given until the department is satisfied that said plans and specifications and the methods of operation and maintenance submitted are adequate to protect the quality of the state's waters as provided for in this chapter.

(a) The department shall require, through the development of rules, that plans established in this subsection (1) include the following elements:

(i) Reviews and updates of sewer plans on a six-year cycle, including asset management and financial planning;

(ii) An equitable sewer user charge system for residential, commercial, and industrial users to cover all financial obligation of the planned sewer utility;

(iii) Connection fees for new connections to a sewer system that reflect a fair share cost of infrastructure from which new connections will benefit;

(iv) A capital wastewater facilities reserve fund dedicated to paying for wastewater infrastructure and equipment replacement; and

(v) A sewer use ordinance that restricts certain connections and wastes to protect a local government's investment and enhance the wastewater treatment's process stability and effluent quality.  The ordinance must, at least:

(A) Require new sewers and connections to be properly designed and constructed;

(B) Require a provision with a timeline and proximity in which existing and future residences must connect to the sewer system;

(C) Prohibit inflow sources into the sewer system; and

(D) Prohibit introduction of toxic or hazardous wastes into the sewer system in an amount or concentration that endangers the public's safety or the physical integrity of the system which may cause violations of the national pollutant discharge elimination system permit or state waste discharge permit.

(b) Approval under this chapter is not required for large on‑site sewage systems permitted by the department of health under chapter 70.118B RCW or for on‑site sewage systems regulated by local health jurisdictions under rules of the state board of health.

(2) To promote efficiency in service delivery and intergovernmental cooperation in protecting the quality of the state's waters, the department may delegate the authority for review and approval of engineering reports, plans, and specifications for the construction of new sewerage systems, sewage treatment or disposal plants or systems, or for improvements or extensions to existing sewerage system or sewage treatment or disposal plants, and the proposed method of future operations and maintenance of said facility or facilities and industrial pretreatment systems, to local units of government requesting such delegation and meeting criteria established by the department.

(3) For any new or revised general sewer plan submitted for review under this section, the department shall review and either approve, conditionally approve, reject, or request amendments within ninety days of the receipt of the submission of the plan.  The department may extend this ninety-day time limitation for new submittals by up to an additional ninety days if insufficient time exists to adequately review the general sewer plan.  For rejections of plans or extensions of the timeline, the department shall provide in writing to the local government entity the reason for such action.  In addition, the governing body of the local government entity and the department may mutually agree to an extension of the deadlines contained in this section.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 7.  The department of ecology may adopt rules to implement this act.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 8.  This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately."

 

MOTION

 

Senator Honeyford moved that the following amendment by Senator Honeyford to the committee striking amendment be adopted.

On page 2, line 29 of the amendment, after "act;" strike "and" and insert "((and))"

On page 2, line 33 of the amendment, after "act" insert "; and

(d) For the planning, design, and construction of publicly owned wastewater treatment facilities, including publicly owned industrial wastewater treatment facilities that relieve a city of the burden of processing industrial wastewater"

On page 8, after line 15 of the amendment, insert the following:

"Sec. 7.  RCW 70.146.070 and 2008 c 299 s 26 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) When making grants or loans for water pollution control facilities, the department shall consider the following:

(a) The protection of water quality and public health;

(b) The cost to residential ratepayers if they had to finance water pollution control facilities without state assistance;

(c) Actions required under federal and state permits and compliance orders;

(d) The level of local fiscal effort by residential ratepayers since 1972 in financing water pollution control facilities;


(e) Except as otherwise conditioned by RCW 70.146.110, whether the entity receiving assistance is a Puget Sound partner, as defined in RCW 90.71.010;

(f) Whether the project is referenced in the action agenda developed by the Puget Sound partnership under RCW 90.71.310;

(g) Except as otherwise provided in RCW 70.146.120, and effective one calendar year following the development and statewide availability of model evergreen community management plans and ordinances under RCW 35.105.050, whether the project is sponsored by an entity that has been recognized, and what gradation of recognition was received, in the evergreen community recognition program created in RCW 35.105.030;

(h) The extent to which the applicant county or city, or if the applicant is another public body, the extent to which the county or city in which the applicant public body is located, has established programs to mitigate nonpoint pollution of the surface or subterranean water sought to be protected by the water pollution control facility named in the application for state assistance; and

(i) The recommendations of the Puget Sound partnership, created in RCW 90.71.210, and any other board, council, commission, or group established by the legislature or a state agency to study water pollution control issues in the state.

(2) Except where necessary to address a public health need or substantial environmental degradation, a county, city, or town planning under RCW 36.70A.040 may not receive a grant or loan for water pollution control facilities unless it has adopted a comprehensive plan, including a capital facilities plan element, and development regulations as required by RCW 36.70A.040.  This subsection does not require any county, city, or town planning under RCW 36.70A.040 to adopt a comprehensive plan or development regulations before requesting or receiving a grant or loan under this chapter if such request is made before the expiration of the time periods specified in RCW 36.70A.040. A county, city, or town planning under RCW 36.70A.040 which has not adopted a comprehensive plan and development regulations within the time periods specified in RCW 36.70A.040 is not prohibited from receiving a grant or loan under this chapter if the comprehensive plan and development regulations are adopted as required by RCW 36.70A.040 before submitting a request for a grant or loan.

(3) Whenever the department is considering awarding grants or loans for public facilities to special districts requesting funding for a proposed facility located in a county, city, or town planning under RCW 36.70A.040, it shall consider whether the county, city, or town planning under RCW 36.70A.040 in whose planning jurisdiction the proposed facility is located has adopted a comprehensive plan and development regulations as required by RCW 36.70A.040.

(4) When making grants or loans for water pollution control facilities, the department may award grants or provide loans to publicly owned industrial wastewater treatment facilities that relieve a city of the burden of processing industrial wastewater.

(5) After January 1, 2010, any project designed to address the effects of water pollution on Puget Sound may be funded under this chapter only if the project is not in conflict with the action agenda developed by the Puget Sound partnership under RCW 90.71.310.

Sec. 8.  RCW 90.48.290 and 1987 c 109 s 145 are each amended to read as follows:

The department is authorized to make and administer grants within appropriations authorized by the legislature to any municipal or public corporation, or political subdivision within the state for the purpose of aiding in the construction of water pollution control projects necessary to prevent the discharge of untreated or inadequately treated sewage or other waste into the waters of the state including, but not limited to, projects for the control of storm or surface waters which will provide for the removal of waste or polluting materials therefrom.

Grants so made by the department shall be subject to the following limitations:

(1) No grant shall be made in an amount which exceeds the recipient's contribution to the estimated cost of the project: PROVIDED, That the following shall be considered a part of the recipient's contribution:

(a) Any grant received by the recipient from the federal government pursuant to section 8(f) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 466) for the project;

(b) Any expenditure which is made by any municipal or public corporation, or political subdivision within the state as a part of a joint effort with the recipient to carry out the project and which has not been used as a matching contribution for another grant made pursuant to this chapter, and

(c) Any expenditure for the project made by the recipient out of moneys advanced by the department from a revolving fund and repayable to said fund.

(2) No grant shall be made for any project which does not qualify for and receive a grant of federal funds under the provisions of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act as now or hereafter amended: PROVIDED, That this restriction shall not apply to state grants made in any biennium over and above the amount of such grants required to match all federal funds allocated to the state for such biennium.  As such, grants may be made for the planning, design, and construction of any publicly owned wastewater treatment facilities, including publicly owned industrial wastewater treatment facilities that relieve a city of the burden of processing industrial wastewater.

(3) No grant shall be made to any municipal or public corporation, or political subdivision for any project located within a drainage basin unless the department shall have previously adopted a comprehensive water pollution control and abatement plan and unless the project is found by the department to conform with such basin comprehensive plan:  PROVIDED, That the requirement for a project to conform to a comprehensive water pollution control and abatement plan may be waived by the department for any grant application filed with the department prior to July 1, 1974, in those situations where the department finds the public interest would be served better by approval of any grant application made prior to adoption of such plan than by its denial.

(4) Recipients of grants shall meet such qualifications and follow such procedures in applying for grants as shall be established by the department.

(5) Grants may be made to reimburse recipients for expenditures made after July 1, 1967, for projects which meet the requirements of this section and were commenced after the recipient had filed a grant application with the department."

Renumber the remaining sections consecutively and correct any internal references accordingly.

On page 8, line 16 of the amendment, after "Sec. 7." strike "The" and insert "Except for RCW 90.50A.030(2)(d), 70.146.070, and 90.48.290, the"

Senators Honeyford and Rockefeller spoke in favor of adoption of the amendment to the committee striking amendment.

 

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the adoption of the amendment by Senator Honeyford on page 2, line 29 to the committee striking amendment to Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2116.

The motion by Senator Honeyford carried and the amendment to the committee striking amendment was adopted by voice vote.

 

MOTION

 


Senator Honeyford moved that the following amendment by Senator Honeyford and others to the committee striking amendment be adopted.

On page 8, after line 16, insert the following:

"Sec. 7.  RCW 90.48.260 and 2007 c 341 s 55 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department of ecology is hereby designated as the state water pollution control agency for all purposes of the federal clean water act as it exists on February 4, 1987, and is hereby authorized to participate fully in the programs of the act as well as to take all action necessary to secure to the state the benefits and to meet the requirements of that act.  With regard to the national estuary program established by section 320 of that act, the department shall exercise its responsibility jointly with the Puget Sound partnership, created in RCW 90.71.210.  The department of ecology may delegate its authority under this chapter, including its national pollutant discharge elimination permit system authority and duties regarding animal feeding operations and concentrated animal feeding operations, to the department of agriculture through a memorandum of understanding.  Until any such delegation receives federal approval, the department of agriculture's adoption or issuance of animal feeding operation and concentrated animal feeding operation rules, permits, programs, and directives pertaining to water quality shall be accomplished after reaching agreement with the director of the department of ecology. Adoption or issuance and implementation shall be accomplished so that compliance with such animal feeding operation and concentrated animal feeding operation rules, permits, programs, and directives will achieve compliance with all federal and state water pollution control laws. The powers granted herein include, among others, and notwithstanding any other provisions of chapter 90.48 RCW or otherwise, the following:

(((1))) (a) Complete authority to establish and administer a comprehensive state point source waste discharge or pollution discharge elimination permit program which will enable the department to qualify for full participation in any national waste discharge or pollution discharge elimination permit system and will allow the department to be the sole agency issuing permits required by such national system operating in the state of Washington subject to the provisions of RCW 90.48.262(2).  Program elements authorized herein may include, but are not limited to:  (((a))) (i) Effluent treatment and limitation requirements together with timing requirements related thereto; (((b))) (ii) applicable receiving water quality standards requirements; (((c))) (iii) requirements of standards of performance for new sources; (((d))) (iv) pretreatment requirements; (((e))) (v) termination and modification of permits for cause; (((f))) (vi) requirements for public notices and opportunities for public hearings; (((g))) (vii) appropriate relationships with the secretary of the army in the administration of his responsibilities which relate to anchorage and navigation, with the administrator of the environmental protection agency in the performance of his duties, and with other governmental officials under the federal clean water act; (((h))) (viii) requirements for inspection, monitoring, entry, and reporting; (((i))) (ix) enforcement of the program through penalties, emergency powers, and criminal sanctions; (((j))) (x) a continuing planning process; and (((k))) (xi) user charges.

(((2))) (b) The power to establish and administer state programs in a manner which will insure the procurement of moneys, whether in the form of grants, loans, or otherwise; to assist in the construction, operation, and maintenance of various water pollution control facilities and works; and the administering of various state water pollution control management, regulatory, and enforcement programs.

(((3))) (c) The power to develop and implement appropriate programs pertaining to continuing planning processes, area-wide waste treatment management plans, and basin planning.

(2) The governor shall have authority to perform those actions required of him or her by the federal clean water act.

(3) Redevelopment, as defined in the 2005 western Washington storm water management manual, is not subject to the forested condition flow control requirements of the 2005 western Washington storm water management manual."

 

POINT OF ORDER

 

Senator RockefellerAMr. President, I respectfully request that you rule that amendment 367 to Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2116 is beyond the scope and object of the bill. Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2116 is a measure that revises our state=s water pollution control revolving fund to do one thing: It would add grants and forgiveness of principal and negative interests to allowable uses of the fund In order to allow our state to take full advantage of federal stimulus funding, I believe some sixty-five million dollars in total, that=s now available to our state for water quality purposes. The floor amendment does not in any manner address the state fund or the criteria for administering the fund. Instead, it would declare that certain activities are not subject to certain requirements in the administrative manual of the Department of Ecology issued for guidance in the control of storm water and, therefore, Mr. President, it would appear that this amendment is well beyond the scope of the bill and I respectfully request that you so rule.@

 

RULING BY THE PRESIDENT

 

President Owen: ASenator Rockefeller, in, relative to your point of order, the arguments you make are quite clear that this amendment is well beyond the scope and object of the bill and I don=t believe it=s necessary for the President to go into great detail on that. It=s so far beyond the scope. Point is well taken.@

 

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the adoption of the committee striking amendment by the Committee on Environment, Water & Energy as amended to Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2116.

The motion by Senator Rockefeller carried and the committee striking amendment as amended was adopted by voice vote.

 

MOTION

 

There being no objection, the following title amendments were adopted:

On page 8, line 24 of the title amendment, after "90.50A.060," strike "and 90.48.110" and insert "90.48.110, 70.146.070, and 90.48.290"

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Rockefeller, the rules were suspended, Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2116 as amended by the Senate was advanced to third reading, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

Senators Rockefeller and Honeyford spoke in favor of passage of the bill.

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the final passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2116 as amended by the Senate.

 

ROLL CALL

 

The Secretary called the roll on the final passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2116 as amended by the Senate and the bill passed the Senate by the following vote: Yeas, 47; Nays, 1; Absent, 0; Excused, 1.


Voting yea: Senators Becker, Benton, Berkey, Brandland, Brown, Carrell, Delvin, Eide, Franklin, Fraser, Hargrove, Hatfield, Haugen, Hewitt, Hobbs, Honeyford, Jacobsen, Jarrett, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer, King, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McCaslin, McDermott, Morton, Murray, Oemig, Parlette, Pflug, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Roach, Rockefeller, Schoesler, Sheldon, Shin, Stevens, Swecker, Tom and Zarelli

Voting nay: Senator Holmquist

Excused: Senator Fairley

ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2116 as amended by the Senate, having received the constitutional majority, was declared passed. There being no objection, the title of the bill was ordered to stand as the title of the act.

 

SECOND READING

 

ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2222, by House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Blake, Kretz, Short, Eddy, Smith, Takko, Hinkle, Hudgins, Springer, Herrera, Morris, Warnick, Williams and Chandler)

 

Concerning construction and industrial storm water general permits. Revised for 1st Substitute: Creating a technical assistance program for industrial and construction storm water permit permittees. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Regarding conditioning industrial storm water general discharge permits. )

 

The measure was read the second time.

 

MOTION

 

Senator Rockefeller moved that the following committee striking amendment by the Committee on Environment, Water & Energy be adopted.

Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

"Sec. 1.  RCW 90.48.555 and 2004 c 225 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

The provisions of this section apply to the construction and industrial storm water general permits issued by the department pursuant to the federal clean water act, 33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251 et seq., and this chapter.

(1) Effluent limitations shall be included in construction and industrial storm water general permits as required under the federal clean water act, 33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251 et seq., and its implementing regulations.  In accordance with federal clean water act requirements, pollutant specific, water quality-based effluent limitations shall be included in construction and industrial storm water general permits if there is a reasonable potential to cause or contribute to an excursion of a state water quality standard.

(2) Subject to the provisions of this section, both technology and water quality-based effluent limitations may be expressed as:

(a) Numeric effluent limitations;

(b) Narrative effluent limitations; or

(c) A combination of numeric and narrative effluent discharge limitations.

(3) The department must condition storm water general permits for industrial and construction activities issued under the national pollutant discharge elimination system of the federal clean water act to require compliance with numeric effluent discharge limits when such discharges are subject to:

(a) Numeric effluent limitations established in federally adopted, industry-specific effluent guidelines;

      (b) State developed, industry-specific performance-based numeric effluent limitations;

(c) Numeric effluent limitations based on a completed total maximum daily load analysis or other pollution control measures; or

(d) A determination by the department that:

(i) The discharges covered under either the construction or industrial storm water general permits have a reasonable potential to cause or contribute to violation of state water quality standards; and

(ii) Effluent limitations based on nonnumeric best management practices are not effective in achieving compliance with state water quality standards.

(4) In making a determination under subsection (3)(d) of this section, the department shall use procedures that account for:

(a) Existing controls on point and nonpoint sources of pollution;

(b) The variability of the pollutant or pollutant parameter in the storm water discharge; and

(c) As appropriate, the dilution of the storm water in the receiving waters.

(5) Narrative effluent limitations requiring both the implementation of best management practices, when designed to satisfy the technology and water quality-based requirements of the federal clean water act, 33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251 et seq., and compliance with water quality standards, shall be used for construction and industrial storm water general permits, unless the provisions of subsection (3) of this section apply.

(6) Compliance with water quality standards shall be presumed, unless discharge monitoring data or other site specific information demonstrates that a discharge causes or contributes to violation of water quality standards, when the permittee is:

(a) In full compliance with all permit conditions, including planning, sampling, monitoring, reporting, and recordkeeping conditions; and

(b)(i) Fully implementing storm water best management practices contained in storm water technical manuals approved by the department, or practices that are demonstrably equivalent to practices contained in storm water technical manuals approved by the department, including the proper selection, implementation, and maintenance of all applicable and appropriate best management practices for on-site pollution control.

      (ii) For the purposes of this section, "demonstrably equivalent" means that the technical basis for the selection of all storm water best management practices are documented within a storm water pollution prevention plan.  The storm water pollution prevention plan must document:

(A) The method and reasons for choosing the storm water best management practices selected;

(B) The pollutant removal performance expected from the practices selected;

(C) The technical basis supporting the performance claims for the practices selected, including any available existing data concerning field performance of the practices selected;

(D) An assessment of how the selected practices will comply with state water quality standards; and

(E) An assessment of how the selected practices will satisfy both applicable federal technology-based treatment requirements and state requirements to use all known, available, and reasonable methods of prevention, control, and treatment.

(7)(a) By November 1, 2009, the department shall modify or reissue the industrial storm water general permit to require compliance ((by May 1, 2009,)) with appropriately derived numeric water quality-based effluent limitations for existing discharges to water bodies listed as impaired according to 33 U.S.C. Sec. 1313(d) (Sec. 303(d) of the federal clean water act, 33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251 et seq.).


(b) ((No later than September 1, 2008,)) The industrial storm water general permit must require permittees to comply with appropriately derived numeric water quality-based effluent limitations in the permit, as described in (a) of this subsection, by no later than six months after the effective date of the modified or reissued industrial storm water general permit.

(c) For permittees that the department determines are unable to comply with the numeric water quality-based effluent limitations required by (a) of this subsection, within the timeline established in (b) of this subsection, the department shall establish a compliance schedule as follows:

(i) Any compliance schedule provided by the department must require compliance as soon as possible, and must require compliance by no later than twenty-four months, or two wet seasons, after the effective date of the industrial storm water general permit.  For purposes of this subsection (7)(c)(i), "wet seasons" means October 1st through June 30th.

(ii) The department shall post on its web site the name, location, industrial storm water permit number, and the reason for requesting a compliance schedule for each permittee who requests a compliance schedule according to this subsection (7)(c).  The department shall post this information no later than thirty days after receiving a permittee's request for a compliance schedule under this subsection (7)(c).  The department shall also prepare a list of organizations and individuals seeking to be notified when such requests for compliance schedules are made, and notify them within thirty days after receiving a permittee's request for a compliance schedule.  Notification under this subsection may be accomplished electronically.

(d) The department shall report to the appropriate committees of the legislature specifying how the numeric effluent limitation in (a) of this subsection would be implemented.  The report shall identify the number of dischargers to impaired water bodies and provide an assessment of anticipated compliance with the numeric effluent limitation established by (a) of this subsection.

(8)(a) Construction and industrial storm water general permits issued by the department shall include an enforceable adaptive management mechanism that includes appropriate monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.  The adaptive management mechanism shall include elements designed to result in permit compliance and shall include, at a minimum, the following elements:

(i) An adaptive management indicator, such as monitoring benchmarks;

(ii) Monitoring;

(iii) Review and revisions to the storm water pollution prevention plan;

(iv) Documentation of remedial actions taken; and

(v) Reporting to the department.

(b) Construction and industrial storm water general permits issued by the department also shall include the timing and mechanisms for implementation of treatment best management practices.

(9) Construction and industrial storm water discharges authorized under general permits must not cause or have the reasonable potential to cause or contribute to a violation of an applicable water quality standard.  Where a discharge has already been authorized under a national pollutant discharge elimination system storm water permit and it is later determined to cause or have the reasonable potential to cause or contribute to the violation of an applicable water quality standard, the department may notify the permittee of such a violation.

(10) Once notified by the department of a determination of reasonable potential to cause or contribute to the violation of an applicable water quality standard, the permittee must take all necessary actions to ensure future discharges do not cause or contribute to the violation of a water quality standard and document those actions in the storm water pollution prevention plan and a report timely submitted to the department.  If violations remain or recur, coverage under the construction or industrial storm water general permits may be terminated by the department, and an alternative general permit or individual permit may be issued.  Compliance with the requirements of this subsection does not preclude any enforcement activity provided by the federal clean water act, 33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251 et seq., for the underlying violation.

(11) Receiving water sampling shall not be a requirement of an industrial or construction storm water general permit except to the extent that it can be conducted without endangering the health and safety of persons conducting the sampling.

(12) The department may authorize mixing zones only in compliance with and after making determinations mandated by the procedural and substantive requirements of applicable laws and regulations.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 90.48 RCW to read as follows:

(1) As funding to do so becomes available, the department shall create a storm water technical resource center in partnership with a university, nonprofit organization, or other public or private entity to provide tools for storm water management.  The center shall use its authority to support the duties listed in this subsection through research, development, technology demonstration, technology transfer, education, outreach, recognition, and training programs.  The center may:

(a) Review and evaluate emerging storm water technologies;

      (b) Research and develop innovative and cost-effective technical solutions to remove pollutants from runoff and to reduce or eliminate storm water discharges;

(c) Conduct pilot projects to test technical solutions;

(d) Serve as a clearinghouse and outreach center for information on storm water technology;

(e) Assist in the development of storm water control methods to better protect water quality, including source control, product substitution, pollution prevention, and storm water treatment;

(f) Coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies and private organizations in administering programs related to storm water control measures; and

(g) Collaborate with existing storm water outreach programs.

(2) The department shall consult with an advisory committee in the development of the storm water technical resource center.  The advisory committee must include representatives from relevant state agencies, local governments, the business community, the environmental community, tribes, and the building and development industry.

(3) The department, in consultation with the storm water technical resource center advisory committee, shall identify a funding strategy for funding the storm water technical resource center.

(4) The department shall encourage all interested parties to help and support the technical resource center with in-kind services.

(5) The department shall prepare and submit a biennial progress report to the legislature.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  Section 1 of this act expires January 1, 2015."

 

MOTION

 

Senator Rockefeller moved that the following amendment by Senator Rockefeller to the committee striking amendment be adopted.

On page 3, line 38 of the amendment, after "two" insert "complete"

Senator Rockefeller spoke in favor of adoption of the amendment to the committee striking amendment.

 


The President declared the question before the Senate to be the adoption of the amendment by Senator Rockefeller on page 3, line 38 to the committee striking amendment to Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2222.

The motion by Senator Rockefeller carried and the amendment to the committee striking amendment was adopted by voice vote.

 

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the adoption of the committee striking amendment by the Committee on Environment, Water & Energy as amended to Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2222.

The motion by Senator Rockefeller carried and the committee striking amendment as amended was adopted by voice vote.

 

MOTION

 

There being no objection, the following title amendment was adopted:

On page 1, line 2 of the title, after "permits;" strike the remainder of the title and insert "amending RCW 90.48.555; adding a new section to chapter 90.48 RCW; and providing an expiration date."

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Rockefeller, the rules were suspended, Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2222 as amended by the Senate was advanced to third reading, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

Senators Rockefeller and Honeyford spoke in favor of passage of the bill.

The President declared the question before the Senate to be the final passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2222 as amended by the Senate.

 

ROLL CALL

 

The Secretary called the roll on the final passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill No. 2222 as amended by the Senate and the bill passed the Senate by the following vote:  Yeas, 48; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 1.

Voting yea: Senators Becker, Benton, Berkey, Brandland, Brown, Carrell, Delvin, Eide, Franklin, Fraser, Hargrove, Hatfield, Haugen, Hewitt, Hobbs, Holmquist, Honeyford, Jacobsen, Jarrett, Kastama, Kauffman, Keiser, Kilmer, King, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Marr, McAuliffe, McCaslin, McDermott, Morton, Murray, Oemig, Parlette, Pflug, Prentice, Pridemore, Ranker, Regala, Roach, Rockefeller, Schoesler, Sheldon, Shin, Stevens, Swecker, Tom and Zarelli

Excused: Senator Fairley

ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2222 as amended by the Senate, having received the constitutional majority, was declared passed. There being no objection, the title of the bill was ordered to stand as the title of the act.

 

SECOND READING

 

SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 1021, by House Committee on Health & Human Services Appropriations (originally sponsored by Representatives Campbell, Morrell and Moeller)

 

Concerning prior notice of hospital surveys and audits. Revised for 2nd Substitute: Concerning notice of hospital audits.

 

The measure was read the second time.

 

                                            MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Keiser, the rules were suspended, Second Substitute House Bill No. 1021 was advanced to third reading, the second reading considered the third and the bill was placed on final passage.

 

MOTION

 

On motion of Senator Eide, further consideration of Second Substitute House Bill No. 1021 was deferred and the bill held its place on the second reading calendar.

 

MOTION

 

At 2:38 p.m., on motion of Senator Eide, the Senate was declared to be at ease subject to the call of the President.

 

The Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. by President Owen.

 

The Senate resumed consideration of Substitute House Bill No. 1778 which had been deferred earlier in the day.

 

MOTION

 

Without objection, Senator Jacobsen moved that the following committee striking amendment by the Committee on Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation be not adopted.

Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

"Sec. 1.  RCW 77.15.050 and 1998 c 190 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, as used in this chapter, "conviction" means:

(a) A final conviction in a state or municipal court;

(b) A failure to appear at a hearing to contest an infraction or criminal citation; or

(c) An unvacated forfeiture of bail paid as a final disposition for an offense ((or an unvacated forfeiture of bail or collateral deposited to secure the defendant's appearance in court)).

(2) A plea of guilty, or a finding of guilt for a violation of this title or rule of the commission or director constitutes a conviction regardless of whether the imposition of sentence is deferred or the penalty is suspended.

Sec. 2.  RCW 77.15.700 and 2007 c 163 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department shall impose revocation and suspension of privileges in the following circumstances:

(((1))) (a) Upon conviction, if directed by statute for an offense((;)).

(((2))) (b) Upon conviction of a violation not involving commercial fishing, if the department finds that actions of the defendant demonstrated a willful or wanton disregard for conservation of fish or wildlife.  ((Such)) Suspension of privileges under this subsection may be permanent.  ((This subsection (2) does not apply to violations involving commercial fishing;

      (3))) (c) If a person is convicted twice within ten years for a violation involving unlawful hunting, killing, or possessing big game((, the department shall order)).  Revocation and suspension ((of)) under this subsection must be ordered for all hunting privileges for two years.  ((RCW 77.12.722 or 77.16.050 as it existed before June 11, 1998, may comprise one of the convictions constituting the basis for revocation and suspension under this subsection;


(4)(a))) (d) If a person violates, three times or more in a ten-year period, recreational hunting or fishing laws or rules for which the person:  (i) Is convicted of an offense((,)); (ii) has an uncontested notice of infraction((,)); (iii) fails to appear at a hearing to contest ((an)) a fish and wildlife infraction((,)); or (iv) is found to have committed an infraction ((three times in ten years involving any violation of recreational hunting or fishing laws or rules, the department shall order a)).  Revocation and suspension under this subsection must be ordered of all recreational hunting and fishing privileges for two years.

(((b))) (2)(a) A violation punishable as an infraction counts towards the revocation and suspension of recreational hunting and fishing privileges ((only where)) under this section if that violation is:

(i) Punishable as a crime on July 24, 2005, and is subsequently decriminalized; or

(ii) One of the following violations, as they exist on July 24, 2005:  RCW 77.15.160 (((1) or (2))); WAC 220-56-116; WAC 220-56-315(11); or WAC 220-56-355 (1) through (4).

(((c))) (b) The commission may, by rule, designate ((additional)) infractions that do not count towards the revocation and suspension of recreational hunting and fishing privileges.

(((5))) (3) If either the deferred education licensee or the required nondeferred accompanying person, hunting under the authority of RCW 77.32.155(2), is convicted of a violation of this title, except for a violation of RCW 77.15.400 (1) through (3), the department may revoke all hunting licenses and tags and may order a suspension of ((one)) either or both the deferred education licensee's and the nondeferred accompanying person's hunting privileges for one year.

Sec. 3.  RCW 77.15.310 and 2003 c 39 s 38 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful failure to use or maintain an approved fish guard on a diversion device if the person owns, controls, or operates a device used for diverting or conducting water from a lake, river, or stream and:

(a) The device is not equipped with a fish guard, screen, or bypass approved by the director as required by RCW ((77.55.040 or 77.55.320)) 77.57.010 or 77.57.070; or

(b) The person knowingly fails to maintain or operate an approved fish guard, screen, or bypass so as to effectively screen or prevent fish from entering the intake.

(2) Unlawful failure to use or maintain an approved fish guard, screen, or bypass on a diversion device is a gross misdemeanor. Following written notification to the person from the department that there is a violation, each day that a diversion device is operated without an approved or maintained fish guard, screen, or bypass is a separate offense.

Sec. 4.  RCW 77.15.320 and 2000 c 107 s 241 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful failure to provide, maintain, or operate a fishway for dam or other obstruction if the person owns, operates, or controls a dam or other obstruction to fish passage on a river or stream and:

(a) The dam or obstruction is not provided with a durable and efficient fishway approved by the director as required by RCW ((77.55.060)) 77.57.030;

(b) Fails to maintain a fishway in efficient operating condition; or

(c) Fails to continuously supply a fishway with a sufficient supply of water to allow the free passage of fish.

(2) Unlawful failure to provide, maintain, or operate a fishway for dam or other obstruction is a gross misdemeanor.  Following written notification to the person from the department that there is a violation, each day of unlawful failure to provide, maintain, or operate a fishway is a separate offense.

Sec. 5.  RCW 77.15.610 and 1998 c 190 s 33 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person who holds a fur buyer's license or taxidermy license is guilty of unlawful use of a commercial wildlife license if the person:

(a) Fails to have the license in possession while engaged in fur buying or practicing taxidermy for commercial purposes; or

(b) Violates any rule of the department regarding reporting requirements or the use, possession, display, or presentation of the taxidermy or fur buyer's license.

(2) Unlawful use of a commercial wildlife license is a misdemeanor.

Sec. 6.  RCW 77.32.470 and 2008 c 35 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A personal use saltwater, freshwater, combination, temporary, or family fishing weekend license is required for all persons fifteen years of age or older to fish for or possess fish taken for personal use from state waters or offshore waters.

(2) The fees for annual personal use saltwater, freshwater, or combination licenses are as follows:

(a) A combination license allows the holder to fish for or possess fish, shellfish, and seaweed from state waters or offshore waters.  The fee for this license is thirty-six dollars for residents, seventy-two dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for youth.  There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge for this license, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.

(b) A saltwater license allows the holder to fish for or possess fish taken from saltwater areas.  The fee for this license is eighteen dollars for residents, thirty-six dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for resident seniors.  There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge for this license, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.

(c) A freshwater license allows the holder to fish for, take, or possess food fish or game fish species in all freshwater areas.  The fee for this license is twenty dollars for residents, forty dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for resident seniors.

(3)(a) A temporary combination fishing license is valid for one to five consecutive days and allows the holder to fish for or possess fish, shellfish, and seaweed taken from state waters or offshore waters.  The fee for this temporary fishing license is:

(i) One day - Seven dollars for residents and fourteen dollars for nonresidents;

(ii) Two days - Ten dollars for residents and twenty dollars for nonresidents;

(iii) Three days - Thirteen dollars for residents and twenty-six dollars for nonresidents;

(iv) Four days - Fifteen dollars for residents and thirty dollars for nonresidents; and

(v) Five days - Seventeen dollars for residents and thirty-four dollars for nonresidents.

(b) The fee for a charter stamp is seven dollars for a one-day temporary combination fishing license for residents and nonresidents for use on a charter boat as defined in RCW 77.65.150.

(c) A transaction fee to support the automated licensing system will be taken from the amounts set forth in this subsection for temporary licenses.

(d) Except for active duty military personnel serving in any branch of the United States armed forces, the temporary combination fishing license is not valid on game fish species for an eight-consecutive-day period beginning on the opening day of the lowland lake fishing season as defined by rule of the commission.

(e) The temporary combination fishing license fee for active duty military personnel serving in any branch of the United States armed forces is the resident rate as set forth in (a) of this subsection. Active duty military personnel must provide a valid military identification card at the time of purchase of the temporary license to qualify for the resident rate.

(f) There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge on the temporary combination fishing license and the associated charter stamp, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.


(4) A family fishing weekend license allows for a maximum of six anglers:  One resident and five youth; two residents and four youth; or one resident, one nonresident, and four youth.  This license allows the holders to fish for or possess fish taken from state waters or offshore waters.  The fee for this license is twenty dollars.  This license is only valid during periods as specified by rule of the department.

(5) The commission may adopt rules to create and sell combination licenses for all hunting and fishing activities at or below a fee equal to the total cost of the individual license contained within any combination.

(6) The commission may adopt rules to allow the use of two fishing poles per fishing license holder for use on selected state waters.  If authorized by the commission, license holders must purchase a two-pole stamp to use a second pole.  The proceeds from the sale of the two-pole stamp must be deposited into the state wildlife account created in RCW 77.12.170 and used for the operation and maintenance of state-owned fish hatcheries.  The fee for a two-pole stamp is twenty dollars for residents and nonresidents, and five dollars for resident seniors.

Sec. 7.  RCW 77.65.010 and 2005 c 20 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Except as otherwise provided by this title, a person ((may not)) must have a license or permit issued by the director in order to engage in any of the following activities ((without a license or permit issued by the director)):

(a) Commercially fish for or take food fish or shellfish;

(b) Deliver from a commercial fishing vessel food fish or shellfish taken for commercial purposes in offshore waters.  As used in this subsection, "deliver" means arrival at a place or port, and includes arrivals from offshore waters to waters within the state and arrivals from state or offshore waters;

(c) Operate a charter boat or commercial fishing vessel engaged in a fishery;

(d) Engage in processing or wholesaling food fish or shellfish; or

(e) Act as a food fish guide ((for salmon)) for personal use in freshwater rivers and streams, ((other than that part of the Columbia river below the bridge at Longview)) except that a charter boat license is required to operate a vessel from which a person may for a fee fish for food fish in state waters listed in RCW 77.65.150(4)(b).

(2) No person may engage in the activities described in subsection (1) of this section unless the licenses or permits required by this title are in the person's possession, and the person is the named license holder or an alternate operator designated on the license and the person's license is not suspended.

(3) A valid Oregon license that is equivalent to a license under this title is valid in the concurrent waters of the Columbia river if the state of Oregon recognizes as valid the equivalent Washington license.  The director may identify by rule what Oregon licenses are equivalent.

(4) No license or permit is required for the production or harvesting of private sector cultured aquatic products as defined in RCW 15.85.020 or for the delivery, processing, or wholesaling of such aquatic products.  However, if a means of identifying such products is required by rules adopted under RCW 15.85.060, the exemption from licensing or permit requirements established by this subsection applies only if the aquatic products are identified in conformance with those rules.

Sec. 8.  RCW 77.65.370 and 1998 c 190 s 98 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person shall not offer or perform the services of a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide without a food fish guide license in the taking of ((salmon)) food fish for personal use in freshwater rivers and streams, ((other than in that part of the Columbia river below the bridge at Longview, without a professional salmon guide license)) except that a charter boat license is required to operate a vessel from which a person may for a fee fish for food fish in state waters listed in RCW 77.65.150(4)(b).

(2) Only an individual at least sixteen years of age may hold a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide license.  No individual may hold more than one ((professional salmon)) food fish guide license.

Sec. 9.  RCW 77.65.440 and 2000 c 107 s 55 are each amended to read as follows:

The director shall issue the personal licenses listed in this section according to the requirements of this title.  The licenses and their annual fees are:

 

Personal License

Annual Fee

Governing

 

(RCW 77.95.090 Surcharge)

Section

 

Resident

Nonresident

 

 

(1) Alternate Operator

$  35

$  35

RCW 77.65.130

(2) Geoduck Diver

$185

$295

RCW 77.65.410

(3) ((Salmon)) Food

Fish Guide

$130

$630

RCW 77.65.370

 

(plus $20)

(plus $100)

 

Sec. 10.  RCW 77.15.510 and 2001 c 253 s 43 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of ((commercial)) acting as a game fish ((guiding)) guide,  food fish guide, or chartering without a license if:

(a) The person operates a charter boat and does not hold the charter boat license required for the food fish taken;

(b) The person acts as a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide and does not hold a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide license; or

(c) The person acts as a game fish guide and does not hold a game fish guide license.

(2) ((Commercial)) Acting without a game fish ((guiding or chartering without a)) guide license, food fish guide license, or charter license is a gross misdemeanor.

Sec. 11.  RCW 77.65.480 and 1991 sp.s. c 7 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A taxidermy license allows the holder to practice taxidermy for ((profit)) commercial purposes, as that term is defined in RCW 77.15.110.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars.

(2) A fur dealer's license allows the holder to purchase, receive, or resell raw furs for ((profit)) commercial purposes, as that term is defined in RCW 77.15.110.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars.

(3) A ((fishing)) game fish guide license allows the holder to offer or perform the services of a ((professional)) game fish guide in the taking of game fish.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars for a resident and six hundred dollars for a nonresident.

      (4) A game farm license allows the holder to operate a game farm to acquire, breed, grow, keep, and sell wildlife under conditions prescribed by the rules adopted pursuant to this title.  The fee for this license is seventy-two dollars for the first year and forty-eight dollars for each following year.

(5) A game fish stocking permit allows the holder to release game fish into the waters of the state as prescribed by rule of the commission.  The fee for this permit is twenty-four dollars.

(6) A fishing or field trial permit allows the holder to promote, conduct, hold, or sponsor a fishing or field trial contest in accordance with rules of the commission.  The fee for a fishing contest permit is twenty-four dollars.  The fee for a field trial contest permit is twenty-four dollars.


(7)(a) An anadromous game fish buyer's license allows the holder to purchase or sell steelhead trout and other anadromous game fish harvested by Indian ((fishermen)) fishers lawfully exercising fishing rights reserved by federal statute, treaty, or executive order, under conditions prescribed by rule of the director.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars.

(b) An anadromous game fish buyer's license is not required for those businesses that buy steelhead trout and other anadromous game fish from Washington licensed game fish dealers and sell solely at retail.

Sec. 12.  RCW 77.08.010 and 2008 c 277 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

The definitions in this section apply throughout this title or rules adopted under this title unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(1) "Angling gear" means a line attached to a rod and reel capable of being held in hand while landing the fish or a hand-held line operated without rod or reel.

(2) "Aquatic invasive species" means any invasive, prohibited, regulated, unregulated, or unlisted aquatic animal or plant species as defined under subsections (((48) through (53))) (3), (28), (40), (44), (58), and (59) of this section, aquatic noxious weeds as defined under RCW 17.26.020(5)(c), and aquatic nuisance species as defined under RCW 77.60.130(1).

      (3) "Aquatic plant species" means an emergent, submersed, partially submersed, free-floating, or floating-leaving plant species that grows in or near a body of water or wetland.

(4) "Bag limit" means the maximum number of game animals, game birds, or game fish which may be taken, caught, killed, or possessed by a person, as specified by rule of the commission for a particular period of time, or as to size, sex, or species.

(5) "Closed area" means a place where the hunting of some or all species of wild animals or wild birds is prohibited.

(6) "Closed season" means all times, manners of taking, and places or waters other than those established by rule of the commission as an open season.  "Closed season" also means all hunting, fishing, taking, or possession of game animals, game birds, game fish, food fish, or shellfish that do not conform to the special restrictions or physical descriptions established by rule of the commission as an open season or that have not otherwise been deemed legal to hunt, fish, take, harvest, or possess by rule of the commission as an open season.

(7) "Closed waters" means all or part of a lake, river, stream, or other body of water, where fishing or harvesting is prohibited.

(8) "Commercial" means related to or connected with buying, selling, or bartering.

(9) "Commission" means the state fish and wildlife commission.

(10) "Concurrent waters of the Columbia river" means those waters of the Columbia river that coincide with the Washington-Oregon state boundary.

(11) "Contraband" means any property that is unlawful to produce or possess.

(12) "Deleterious exotic wildlife" means species of the animal kingdom not native to Washington and designated as dangerous to the environment or wildlife of the state.

(((12))) (13) "Department" means the department of fish and wildlife.

(((13))) (14) "Director" means the director of fish and wildlife.

(((14))) (15) "Endangered species" means wildlife designated by the commission as seriously threatened with extinction.

(((15))) (16) "Ex officio fish and wildlife officer" means a commissioned officer of a municipal, county, state, or federal agency having as its primary function the enforcement of criminal laws in general, while the officer is in the appropriate jurisdiction.  The term "ex officio fish and wildlife officer" includes special agents of the national marine fisheries service, state parks commissioned officers, United States fish and wildlife special agents, department of natural resources enforcement officers, and United States forest service officers, while the agents and officers are within their respective jurisdictions.

(((16))) (17) "Fish" includes all species classified as game fish or food fish by statute or rule, as well as all fin fish not currently classified as food fish or game fish if such species exist in state waters.  The term "fish" includes all stages of development and the bodily parts of fish species.

(((17))) (18) "Fish and wildlife officer" means a person appointed and commissioned by the director, with authority to enforce this title and rules adopted pursuant to this title, and other statutes as prescribed by the legislature.  Fish and wildlife officer includes a person commissioned before June 11, 1998, as a wildlife agent or a fisheries patrol officer.

(((18))) (19) "Fish broker" means a person whose business it is to bring a seller of fish and shellfish and a purchaser of those fish and shellfish together.

(20) "Fishery" means the taking of one or more particular species of fish or shellfish with particular gear in a particular geographical area.

(((19))) (21) "Freshwater" means all waters not defined as saltwater including, but not limited to, rivers upstream of the river mouth, lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.

(((20))) (22) "Fur-bearing animals" means game animals that shall not be trapped except as authorized by the commission.

(((21))) (23) "Game animals" means wild animals that shall not be hunted except as authorized by the commission.

(((22))) (24) "Game birds" means wild birds that shall not be hunted except as authorized by the commission.

(((23))) (25) "Game farm" means property on which wildlife is held or raised for commercial purposes, trade, or gift.  The term "game farm" does not include publicly owned facilities.

(((24))) (26) "Game reserve" means a closed area where hunting for all wild animals and wild birds is prohibited.

      (((25))) (27) "Illegal items" means those items unlawful to be possessed.

(28) "Invasive species" means a plant species or a nonnative animal species that either:

(a) Causes or may cause displacement of, or otherwise threatens, native species in their natural communities;

(b) Threatens or may threaten natural resources or their use in the state;

(c) Causes or may cause economic damage to commercial or recreational activities that are dependent upon state waters; or

(d) Threatens or harms human health.

(((26))) (29) "License year" means the period of time for which a recreational license is valid.  The license year begins April 1st, and ends March 31st.

(((27))) (30) "Limited-entry license" means a license subject to a license limitation program established in chapter 77.70 RCW.

(((28))) (31) "Money" means all currency, script, personal checks, money orders, or other negotiable instruments.

(32) "Nonresident" means a person who has not fulfilled the qualifications of a resident.

(((29))) (33) "Offshore waters" means marine waters of the Pacific Ocean outside the territorial boundaries of the state, including the marine waters of other states and countries.

(((30))) (34) "Open season" means those times, manners of taking, and places or waters established by rule of the commission for the lawful hunting, fishing, taking, or possession of game animals, game birds, game fish, food fish, or shellfish that conform to the special restrictions or physical descriptions established by rule of the commission or that have otherwise been deemed legal to hunt, fish, take, harvest, or possess by rule of the commission.  "Open season" includes the first and last days of the established time.

(((31))) (35) "Owner" means the person in whom is vested the ownership dominion, or title of the property.


(36) "Person" means and includes an individual; a corporation; a public or private entity or organization; a local, state, or federal agency; all business organizations, including corporations and partnerships; or a group of two or more individuals acting with a common purpose whether acting in an individual, representative, or official capacity.

(((32))) (37) "Personal use" means for the private use of the individual taking the fish or shellfish and not for sale or barter.

(((33))) (38) "Personal property" or "property" includes both corporeal and incorporeal personal property and includes, among other property, contraband and money.

(39) "Predatory birds" means wild birds that may be hunted throughout the year as authorized by the commission.

(((34))) (40) "Prohibited aquatic animal species" means an invasive species of the animal kingdom that has been classified as a prohibited aquatic animal species by the commission.

(((35))) (41) "Protected wildlife" means wildlife designated by the commission that shall not be hunted or fished.

(((36))) (42) "Raffle" means an activity in which tickets bearing an individual number are sold for not more than twenty-five dollars each and in which a permit or permits are awarded to hunt or for access to hunt big game animals or wild turkeys on the basis of a drawing from the tickets by the person or persons conducting the raffle.

(((37))) (43) "Recreational and commercial watercraft" includes the boat, as well as equipment used to transport the boat, and any auxiliary equipment such as attached or detached outboard motors.

(((38))) (44) "Regulated aquatic animal species" means a potentially invasive species of the animal kingdom that has been classified as a regulated aquatic animal species by the commission.

(((39))) (45) "Resident" means:

(a) A person who has maintained a permanent place of abode within the state for at least ninety days immediately preceding an application for a license, has established by formal evidence an intent to continue residing within the state, and who is not licensed to hunt or fish as a resident in another state; and

(b) A person age eighteen or younger who does not qualify as a resident under (a) of this subsection, but who has a parent that qualifies as a resident under (a) of this subsection.

(((40))) (46) "Retail-eligible species" means commercially harvested salmon, crab, and sturgeon.

(((41))) (47) "Saltwater" means those marine waters seaward of river mouths.

      (((42))) (48) "Seaweed" means marine aquatic plant species that are dependent upon the marine aquatic or tidal environment, and exist in either an attached or free floating form, and includes but is not limited to marine aquatic plants in the classes Chlorophyta, Phaeophyta, and Rhodophyta.

(((43))) (49) "Senior" means a person seventy years old or older.

(((44))) (50) "Shellfish" means those species of marine and freshwater invertebrates that have been classified and that shall not be taken except as authorized by rule of the commission.  The term "shellfish" includes all stages of development and the bodily parts of shellfish species.

(((45))) (51) "State waters" means all marine waters and fresh waters within ordinary high water lines and within the territorial boundaries of the state.

(((46))) (52) "To fish," "to harvest," and "to take," and their derivatives means an effort to kill, injure, harass, or catch a fish or shellfish.

(((47))) (53) "To hunt" and its derivatives means an effort to kill, injure, capture, or harass a wild animal or wild bird.

(((48))) (54) "To process" and its derivatives mean preparing or preserving fish, wildlife, or shellfish.

(((49))) (55) "To trap" and its derivatives means a method of hunting using devices to capture wild animals or wild birds.

(((50))) (56) "Trafficking" means offering, attempting to engage, or engaging in sale, barter, or purchase of fish, shellfish, wildlife, or deleterious exotic wildlife.

(((51))) (57) "Unclaimed" means that no owner of the property has been identified or has requested, in writing, the release of the property to themselves nor has the owner of the property designated an individual to receive the property or paid the required postage to effect delivery of the property.

(58) "Unlisted aquatic animal species" means a nonnative animal species that has not been classified as a prohibited aquatic animal species, a regulated aquatic animal species, or an unregulated aquatic animal species by the commission.

(((52))) (59) "Unregulated aquatic animal species" means a nonnative animal species that has been classified as an unregulated aquatic animal species by the commission.

      (((53))) (60) "Wholesale fish dealer" means a person who, acting for commercial purposes, takes possession or ownership of fish or shellfish and sells, barters, or exchanges or attempts to sell, barter, or exchange fish or shellfish that have been landed into the state of Washington or entered the state of Washington in interstate or foreign commerce.

(61) "Wild animals" means those species of the class Mammalia whose members exist in Washington in a wild state and the species Rana catesbeiana (bullfrog).  The term "wild animal" does not include feral domestic mammals or old world rats and mice of the family Muridae of the order Rodentia.

(((54))) (62) "Wild birds" means those species of the class Aves whose members exist in Washington in a wild state.

(((55))) (63) "Wildlife" means all species of the animal kingdom whose members exist in Washington in a wild state.  This includes but is not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates.  The term "wildlife" does not include feral domestic mammals, old world rats and mice of the family Muridae of the order Rodentia, or those fish, shellfish, and marine invertebrates classified as food fish or shellfish by the director.  The term "wildlife" includes all stages of development and the bodily parts of wildlife members.

(((56))) (64) "Youth" means a person fifteen years old for fishing and under sixteen years old for hunting.

Sec. 13.  RCW 77.12.170 and 2005 c 418 s 3, 2005 c 225 s 4, 2005 c 224 s 4, and 2005 c 42 s 4 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:

(1) There is established in the state treasury the state wildlife account which consists of moneys received from:

(a) Rentals or concessions of the department;

(b) The sale of real or personal property held for department purposes, unless the property is seized or recovered through a fish, shellfish, or wildlife enforcement action;

(c) The assessment of administrative penalties, and the sale of licenses, permits, tags, and stamps required by chapter 77.32 RCW and RCW 77.65.490, except annual resident adult saltwater and all annual razor clam and shellfish licenses, which shall be deposited into the state general fund;

(d) Fees for informational materials published by the department;

(e) Fees for personalized vehicle, Wild on Washington, and Endangered Wildlife license plates and Washington's Wildlife license plate collection as provided in chapter 46.16 RCW;

(f) Articles or wildlife sold by the director under this title;

(g) Compensation for damage to department property or wildlife losses or contributions, gifts, or grants received under RCW 77.12.320. However, this excludes fish and shellfish overages, and court-ordered restitution or donations associated with any fish, shellfish, or wildlife enforcement action, as such moneys must be deposited pursuant to RCW 77.15.425;

(h) Excise tax on anadromous game fish collected under chapter 82.27 RCW;

(i) ((The sale of personal property seized by the department for fish, shellfish, or wildlife violations;


(j))) The department's share of revenues from auctions and raffles authorized by the commission; and

(((k))) (j) The sale of watchable wildlife decals under RCW 77.32.560.

(2) State and county officers receiving any moneys listed in subsection (1) of this section shall deposit them in the state treasury to be credited to the state wildlife account.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 14.  A new section is added to chapter 77.15 RCW to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful use of a department permit if the person:

(a) Violates any terms or conditions of the permit issued by the department or the director; or

(b) Violates any rule of the commission or the director applicable to the requirement for, issuance of, or use of the permit.

(2) Permits covered under subsection (1) of this section include, but are not limited to, master hunter permits, depredation permits, landowner hunting permits, commercial carp license permits, permits to possess or dispense beer or malt liquor pursuant to RCW 66.28.210, and permits to hold, sponsor, or attend an event requiring a banquet permit from the liquor control board.  Permits excluded from subsection (1) of this section include fish and wildlife lands vehicle use permits, commercial use or activity permits, noncommercial use or activity permits, parking permits, experimental fishery permits, trial commercial fishery permits, and scientific collection permits.

(3) Unlawful use of a department permit is a misdemeanor.

(4) A person is guilty of unlawful use of an experimental fishery permit or a trial commercial fishery permit if the person:

(a) Violates any terms or conditions of the permit issued by the department or the director; or

(b) Violates any rule of the commission or the director applicable to the issuance or use of the permit.

(5) Unlawful use of an experimental fishery permit or a trial commercial fishery permit is a gross misdemeanor.

(6) The definitions in this subsection apply throughout this section unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(a) "Experimental fishery permit" means a permit issued by the director for either:

(i) An "emerging commercial fishery," defined as a fishery for a newly classified species for which the department has determined that there is a need to limit participation; or

(ii) An "expanding commercial fishery," defined as a fishery for a previously classified species in a new area, by a new method, or at a new effort level, for which the department has determined that there is a need to limit participation.

(b) "Trial commercial fishery permit" means a permit issued by the department for trial harvest of a newly classified species or harvest of a previously classified species in a new area or by a new means.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 15.  A new section is added to chapter 77.32 RCW to read as follows:

(1) In order to effectively manage wildlife in areas or at times when a higher proficiency and demonstrated skill level are needed for resource protection or public safety, the department establishes the master hunter permit program.  The master hunter permit program emphasizes safe, ethical, responsible, and lawful hunting practices. Program goals include improving the public's perception of hunting and perpetuating the highest hunting standards.

      (2) A master hunter permit is required to participate in controlled hunts to eliminate problem animals that damage property or threaten public safety.  The commission may establish by rule the requirements an applicant must comply with when applying for or renewing a master hunter permit, including but not limited to a criminal background check.  The director may establish an advisory group to assist the department with administering the master hunter program.

(3) The fee for an initial master hunter permit may not exceed fifty dollars, and the cost of renewing a master hunter permit may not exceed twenty-five dollars.  Funds generated under this section must be deposited into the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account established in RCW 77.15.425, and the funds must be used exclusively to administer the master hunter program.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 16.  A new section is added to chapter 77.15 RCW to read as follows:

(1) The department may suspend a person's master hunter permit for the following reasons and corresponding lengths of time:

(a) If the person pays the required fine or is found to have committed an infraction under this chapter or the department's rules, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for two years;

(b) If the person pays the required fine or is convicted of a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony under this chapter, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

(c) If the person pays the required fine or is convicted of trespass, reckless endangerment, criminal conspiracy, or making a false statement to law enforcement while hunting, fishing, or engaging in any activity regulated by the department, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

(d) If the person pays the required fine or is convicted of a felony prohibiting the possession of firearms, unless firearm possession is reinstated, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

(e) If the person has a hunting or fishing license revoked or has hunting or fishing license privileges suspended in another state, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

      (f) If the person is cited, or charged by complaint, for an offense under this chapter; or for trespass, reckless endangerment, criminal conspiracy, or making a false statement to law enforcement while hunting, fishing, or engaging in any activity regulated by the department, the department may immediately suspend the person's master hunter permit until the offense has been adjudicated; or

(g) If the person submits fraudulent information to the department, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life.

(2) Any master hunter who is notified of an intended suspension may request an appeal hearing under chapter 34.05 RCW.

Sec. 17.  RCW 77.15.370 and 2005 c 406 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful recreational fishing in the first degree if:

(a) The person takes, possesses, or retains two times or more than the bag limit or possession limit of fish or shellfish allowed by any rule of the director or commission setting the amount of food fish, game fish, or shellfish that can be taken, possessed, or retained for noncommercial use;

(b) The person fishes in a fishway;

(c) The person shoots, gaffs, snags, snares, spears, dipnets, or stones fish or shellfish in state waters, or possesses fish or shellfish taken by such means, unless such means are authorized by express rule of the commission or director; ((or))

(d) The person fishes for or possesses a fish listed as threatened or endangered in 50 C.F.R. Sec. 17.11 (2002), unless fishing for or possession of such fish is specifically allowed under federal or state law; or


(e) The person possesses a sturgeon measuring in excess of the maximum size limit as established by rules adopted by the department.

(2) Unlawful recreational fishing in the first degree is a gross misdemeanor.

Sec. 18.  RCW 77.15.425 and 2006 c 148 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

The fish and wildlife enforcement reward account is created in the custody of the state treasurer.  ((All receipts from criminal wildlife penalty assessments under RCW 77.15.420 and 77.15.400 must be deposited into the account.))  Deposits to the account include:  Receipts from fish and shellfish overages as a result of a department enforcement action; fees for hunter education deferral applications; fees for master hunter applications and master hunter certification renewals; all receipts from criminal wildlife penalty assessments under RCW 77.15.400 and 77.15.420; all receipts of court-ordered restitution or donations associated with any fish, shellfish, or wildlife enforcement action; and proceeds from forfeitures and evidence pursuant to RCW 77.15.070 and 77.15.100.  The department may accept money or personal property from persons under conditions requiring the property or money to be used consistent with the intent of expenditures from the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account.  Expenditures from the account may be used only for investigation and prosecution of fish and wildlife offenses, to provide rewards to persons informing the department about violations of this title and rules adopted under this title, to offset department-approved costs incurred to administer the hunter education deferral program and the master hunter program, and for other valid enforcement uses as determined by the commission.  Only the director or the director's designee may authorize expenditures from the account. The account is subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW, but an appropriation is not required for expenditures.

Sec. 19.  RCW 77.15.568 and 2007 c 337 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of a secondary commercial fish receiver's failure to account for commercial harvest if:

(a) The person sells fish or shellfish at retail, stores or holds fish or shellfish for another in exchange for valuable consideration, ships fish or shellfish in exchange for valuable consideration, or brokers fish or shellfish in exchange for valuable consideration;

(b) The fish or shellfish were required to be entered on a Washington fish receiving ticket or a Washington aquatic farm production annual report; and

(c) The person fails to maintain records of each receipt of fish or shellfish, as required under subsections (3) through (5) of this section, at the location where the fish or shellfish are being sold, at the location where the fish or shellfish are being stored or held, or at the principal place of business of the shipper or broker.

(2) This section ((does not apply)) applies to a wholesale fish dealer((,)) acting in the capacity of a broker.  However, this section does not apply to a wholesale fish dealer acting in the capacity of a wholesale fish dealer, to a fisher selling under a direct retail sale endorsement, or to a registered aquatic farmer.

(3) Records of the receipt of fish or shellfish required to be kept under this section must be in the English language and be maintained for three years from the date fish or shellfish are received, shipped, or brokered.

(4) Records maintained by persons that retail or broker must include the following:

(a) The name, address, and phone number of the wholesale fish dealer, fisher selling under a direct retail sale endorsement, or aquatic farmer or shellstock shipper from whom the fish or shellfish were purchased or received;

(b) The Washington fish receiving ticket number documenting original receipt or aquatic farm production quarterly report documenting production, if available;

(c) The date of purchase or receipt; and

(d) The amount and species of fish or shellfish purchased or received.

(5) Records maintained by persons that store, hold, or ship fish or shellfish for others must state the following:

(a) The name, address, and phone number of the person and business from whom the fish or shellfish were received;

(b) The date of receipt; and

(c) The amount and species of fish or shellfish received.

(6) A secondary commercial fish receiver's failure to account for commercial harvest is a misdemeanor.

Sec. 20.  RCW 77.15.620 and 2002 c 301 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the second degree if the person:

      (a) Engages in the commercial processing of fish or shellfish, including custom canning or processing of personal use fish or shellfish and does not hold a wholesale dealer's license required by RCW 77.65.280(1) or 77.65.480 for anadromous game fish, or a direct retail endorsement under RCW 77.65.510;

(b) Engages in the wholesale selling, buying, or brokering of food fish or shellfish and does not hold a wholesale dealer's or buying license required by RCW 77.65.280(2) or 77.65.480 for anadromous game fish;

(c) Is a fisher who lands and sells his or her catch or harvest in the state to anyone other than a licensed wholesale dealer within or outside the state and does not hold a direct retail endorsement required by RCW 77.65.510; or

(d) Engages in the commercial manufacture or preparation of fertilizer, oil, meal, caviar, fish bait, or other byproducts from food fish or shellfish and does not hold a wholesale dealer's license required by RCW 77.65.280(4) or 77.65.480 for anadromous game fish.

(2) Engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the second degree is a gross misdemeanor.

(3) A person is guilty of engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the first degree if the person commits the act described by subsection (1) of this section and the violation involves:  (a) Fish or shellfish worth two hundred fifty dollars or more; (b) a failure to document such fish or shellfish with a fish receiving ticket or other documentation required by statute or rule of the department; or (c) violates any other rule of the department regarding wholesale fish buying and dealing.  Engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the first degree is a class C felony.

Sec. 21.  RCW 77.12.870 and 2002 c 20 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department, in consultation with the Northwest straits commission, the department of natural resources, and other interested parties, must create and maintain a database of known derelict fishing gear, including the type of gear and its location.

(2) A person who loses or abandons commercial fishing gear within the waters of the state is encouraged to report the location of the loss and the type of gear lost to the department within forty-eight hours of the loss.

(((3) The department, in consultation with fishing industry groups and tribal comanagers, must evaluate methods to reduce future losses of fishing gear and report the results of this evaluation to the appropriate legislative committees by January 1, 2003.))

Sec. 22.  RCW 77.12.879 and 2007 c 350 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:


(1) The aquatic invasive species prevention account is created in the state treasury.  Moneys directed to the account from RCW 88.02.050 must be deposited in the account.  Expenditures from the account may only be used as provided in this section.  Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation.

(2) Funds in the aquatic invasive species prevention account may be appropriated to the department to develop an aquatic invasive species prevention program for recreational and commercial watercraft.  Funds must be expended as follows:

(a) To inspect recreational and commercial watercraft;

(b) To educate general law enforcement officers on how to enforce state laws relating to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species;

(c) To evaluate and survey the risk posed by recreational and commercial watercraft in spreading aquatic invasive species into Washington state waters;

(d) To evaluate the risk posed by float planes in spreading aquatic invasive species into Washington state waters; and

(e) To implement an aquatic invasive species early detection and rapid response plan.  The plan must address the treatment and immediate response to the introduction to Washington waters of aquatic invasive species.  Agency and public review of the plan must be conducted under chapter 43.21C RCW, the state environmental policy act.  If the implementation measures or actions would have a probable significant adverse environmental impact, a detailed statement under chapter 43.21C RCW must be prepared on the plan.

(3) Funds in the aquatic invasive species enforcement account created in RCW 43.43.400 may be appropriated to the department and Washington state patrol to develop an aquatic invasive species enforcement program for recreational and commercial watercraft.  The department shall provide training to Washington state patrol employees working at port of entry weigh stations, and other local law enforcement employees, on how to inspect recreational and commercial watercraft for the presence of aquatic invasive species.  A person who enters Washington transporting any commercial or recreational watercraft that has been used in any designated aquatic invasive species state or foreign country as defined by rule of the department must have in his or her possession valid documentation that the watercraft has been inspected and found free of aquatic invasive species.  The department is authorized to require persons transporting recreational and commercial watercraft to stop at check stations. Check stations must be plainly marked by signs, operated by at least one uniformed fish and wildlife officer, and operated in a safe manner. Any person stopped at a check station who possesses a recreational or commercial watercraft that has been used in any designated aquatic invasive species state or foreign country as defined by rule of the department, or that is contaminated with aquatic invasive species, must bear the expense for any necessary impoundment, transportation, cleaning, and decontamination of the watercraft.  Any person stopped at a check station who possesses a recreational or commercial watercraft that has been used in any designated aquatic invasive species state or foreign country as defined by rule of the department, or that is contaminated with aquatic invasive species, is exempt from the criminal penalties found in RCW 77.15.253 and 77.15.290, and forfeiture under RCW 77.15.070, if that person complies with all department directives for the proper decontamination of the watercraft and equipment.

(4) The department shall submit a biennial report to the appropriate legislative committees describing the actions taken to implement this section along with suggestions on how to better fulfill the intent of chapter 464, Laws of 2005.  ((The first report is due December 1, 2007.))

Sec. 23.  RCW 77.60.150 and 2001 c 273 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department shall initiate a pilot project to evaluate the feasibility and potential of intensively culturing shellfish on currently nonproductive oyster reserve land in Puget Sound.  The pilot program shall include no fewer than three long-term lease agreements with commercial shellfish growers.  Except as provided in subsection (((4))) (3) of this section, revenues from the lease of such lands shall be deposited in the oyster reserve land account created in RCW 77.60.160.

(2) The department shall form one advisory committee each for the Willapa Bay oyster reserve lands and the Puget Sound oyster reserve lands.  The advisory committees shall make recommendations on management practices to conserve, protect, and develop oyster reserve lands.  The advisory committees may make recommendations regarding the management practices on oyster reserve lands, in particular to ensure that they are managed in a manner that will:  (a) Increase revenue through production of high-value shellfish; (b) not be detrimental to the market for shellfish grown on nonreserve lands; and (c) avoid negative impacts to existing shellfish populations.  The advisory committees may also make recommendation on the distribution of funds in RCW 77.60.160(2)(a).  The department shall attempt to structure each advisory committee to include equal representation between shellfish growers that participate in reserve sales and shellfish growers that do not.

(3) ((The department shall submit a brief progress report on the status of the pilot programs to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature by January 7, 2003.

(4))) The department of natural resources, in consultation with the department of fish and wildlife, shall administer the leases for oyster reserves entered into under this chapter.  In administering the leases, the department of natural resources shall exercise its authority under RCW ((79.96.090)) 79.135.300.  Vacation of state oyster reserves by the department ((of fish and wildlife)) shall not be a requirement for the department of natural resources to lease any oyster reserves under this section.  The department of natural resources may recover reasonable costs directly associated with the administration of the leases for oyster reserves entered into under this chapter.  All administrative fees collected by the department of natural resources pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the resource management cost account established in RCW 79.64.020.  The department of ((fish and wildlife)) may not assess charges to recover the costs of consulting with the department of natural resources under this subsection.

      (((5))) (4) The Puget Sound pilot program shall not include the culture of geoduck.

Sec. 24.  RCW 77.85.230 and 2003 c 391 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) In consultation with the appropriate task force formed under RCW 77.85.220, the conservation commission may contract with universities, private consultants, nonprofit groups, or other entities to assist it in developing a plan incorporating the following elements:

(a) An inventory of existing tide gates located on streams in the county.  The inventory shall include location, age, type, and maintenance history of the tide gates and other factors as determined by the appropriate task force in consultation with the county and diking and drainage districts;


(b) An assessment of the role of tide gates located on streams in the county; the role of intertidal fish habitat for various life stages of salmon; the quantity and characterization of intertidal fish habitat currently accessible to fish; the quantity and characterization of the present intertidal fish habitat created at the time the dikes and outlets were constructed; the quantity of potential intertidal fish habitat on public lands and alternatives to enhance this habitat; the effects of saltwater intrusion on agricultural land, including the effects of backfeeding of saltwater through the underground drainage system; the role of tide gates in drainage systems, including relieving excess water from saturated soil and providing reservoir functions between tides; the effect of saturated soils on production of crops; the characteristics of properly functioning intertidal fish habitat; a map of agricultural lands designated by the county as having long-term commercial significance and the effect of that designation; and the economic impacts to existing land uses for various alternatives for tide gate alteration; and

(c) A long-term plan for intertidal salmon habitat enhancement to meet the goals of salmon recovery and protection of agricultural lands. The proposal shall consider all other means to achieve salmon recovery without converting farmland.  The proposal shall include methods to increase fish passage and otherwise enhance intertidal habitat on public lands pursuant to subsection (2) of this section, voluntary methods to increase fish passage on private lands, a priority list of intertidal salmon enhancement projects, and recommendations for funding of high priority projects.  The task force also may propose pilot projects that will be designed to test and measure the success of various proposed strategies.

(2) In conjunction with other public landowners and the appropriate task force formed under RCW 77.85.220, the department shall develop an initial salmon intertidal habitat enhancement plan for public lands in the county.  The initial plan shall include a list of public properties in the intertidal zone that could be enhanced for salmon, a description of how those properties could be altered to support salmon, a description of costs and sources of funds to enhance the property, and a strategy and schedule for prioritizing the enhancement of public lands for intertidal salmon habitat.  This initial plan shall be submitted to the appropriate task force at least six months before the deadline established in subsection (3) of this section.

(3) The final intertidal salmon enhancement plan shall be completed within two years from the date the task force is formed under RCW 77.85.220 and funding has been secured.  A final plan shall be submitted by the appropriate task force to the lead entity for the geographic area established under this chapter.

Sec. 25.  RCW 77.85.050 and 2005 c 309 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

(1)(a) Counties, cities, and tribal governments must jointly designate, by resolution or by letters of support, the area for which a habitat project list is to be developed and the lead entity that is to be responsible for submitting the habitat project list.  No project included on a habitat project list shall be considered mandatory in nature and no private landowner may be forced or coerced into participation in any respect.  The lead entity may be a county, city, conservation district, special district, tribal government, regional recovery organization, or other entity.

(b) The lead entity shall establish a committee that consists of representative interests of counties, cities, conservation districts, tribes, environmental groups, business interests, landowners, citizens, volunteer groups, regional fish enhancement groups, and other habitat interests.  The purpose of the committee is to provide a citizen-based evaluation of the projects proposed to promote salmon habitat. 

      (c) The committee shall compile a list of habitat projects, establish priorities for individual projects, define the sequence for project implementation, and submit these activities as the habitat project list.  The committee shall also identify potential federal, state, local, and private funding sources.

(2) The area covered by the habitat project list must be based, at a minimum, on a WRIA, combination of WRIAs, or any other area as agreed to by the counties, cities, and tribes in resolutions or in letters of support meeting the requirements of this subsection.  Preference will be given to projects in an area that contain a salmon species that is listed or proposed for listing under the federal endangered species act.

(3) The lead entity shall submit the habitat project list to the (([salmon recovery funding])) salmon recovery funding board in accordance with procedures adopted by the board.

Sec. 26.  RCW 77.120.030 and 2007 c 350 s 10 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The owner or operator in charge of any vessel covered by this chapter is required to ensure that the vessel under their ownership or control does not discharge ballast water into the waters of the state except as authorized by this section.

(2) Discharge of ballast water into waters of the state is authorized only if there has been an open sea exchange, or if the vessel has treated its ballast water, to meet standards set by the department consistent with applicable state and federal laws.

(3) The department, in consultation with ((the ballast water work group, or similar)) a collaborative forum, shall adopt by rule standards for the discharge of ballast water into the waters of the state and their implementation timelines.  The standards are intended to ensure that the discharge of ballast water poses minimal risk of introducing nonindigenous species.  In developing these standards, the department shall consider the extent to which the requirement is technologically and practically feasible.  Where practical and appropriate, the standards must be compatible with standards set by the United States coast guard, the federal clean water act (33 U.S.C. Sec. 1251-1387), or the international maritime organization.

      (4) The master, operator, or person in charge of a vessel is not required to conduct an open sea exchange or treatment of ballast water if the master, operator, or person in charge of a vessel determines that the operation would threaten the safety of the vessel, its crew, or its passengers, because of adverse weather, vessel design limitations, equipment failure, or any other extraordinary conditions. A master, operator, or person in charge of a vessel who relies on this exemption must file documentation defined by the department, subject to:  (a) Payment of a fee not to exceed five thousand dollars; (b) discharging only the minimal amount of ballast water operationally necessary; (c) ensuring that ballast water records accurately reflect any reasons for not complying with the mandatory requirements; and (d) any other requirements identified by the department by rule as provided in subsections (3) and (6) of this section.

(5) For treatment technologies requiring shipyard modification, the department may enter into a compliance plan with the vessel owner.  The compliance plan must include a timeline consistent with drydock and shipyard schedules for completion of the modification.  The department shall adopt rules for compliance plans under this subsection.

(6) For an exemption claimed in subsection (4) of this section, the department shall adopt rules for defining exemption conditions, requirements, compliance plans, or alternative ballast water management strategies to meet the intent of this section.

(7) The department shall make every effort to align ballast water standards with adopted international and federal standards while ensuring that the goals of this chapter are met.

(8) The requirements of this section do not apply to a vessel discharging ballast water or sediments that originated solely within the waters of Washington ((state)), the Columbia river system, or the internal waters of British Columbia south of latitude fifty degrees north, including the waters of the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca.

(9) Open sea exchange is an exchange that occurs fifty or more nautical miles offshore.  If the United States coast guard requires a vessel to conduct an exchange further offshore, then that distance is the required distance for purposes of compliance with this chapter.

Sec. 27.  RCW 77.120.110 and 2007 c 350 s 14 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The ballast water management account is created in the state treasury.  All receipts from legislative appropriations, gifts, grants, donations, penalties, and fees received under this chapter must be deposited into the account.


(2) Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation. Expenditures from the account may be used only to carry out the purposes of this chapter or support the goals of this chapter through research and monitoring except:

(a) Expenditures may not be used for the salaries of permanent department employees; and

(b) Penalties deposited into the account may be used((, in consultation with the ballast water work group created in section 11 of this act,)) only to support basic and applied research and carry out education and outreach related to the state's ballast water management.

Sec. 28.  RCW 77.120.120 and 2007 c 350 s 15 are each amended to read as follows:

The department may issue a special operating authorization for passenger vessels conducting or assisting in research and testing activities to determine the presence of invasive species in ballast water collected in the waters of southeast Alaska north of latitude fifty-four degrees thirty minutes north to sixty-one degrees ten minutes north, extending to longitude one hundred forty-nine degrees thirty minutes west.  ((Such testing and research shall be reviewed by the ballast water work group, who may make recommendations to the department.))  The department may adopt rules for defining special operating authorization conditions, requirements, limitations, and fees as necessary to implement this section, consistent with the intent of this chapter.

Sec. 29.  RCW 77.95.200 and 1998 c 251 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department shall develop and implement a program utilizing remote site incubators in Washington state.  The program shall identify sites in tributaries that are suitable for reestablishing self-sustaining, locally adapted populations of coho, chum, or chinook salmon.  The initial selection of sites shall be ((completed by July 1, 1999, and)) updated annually ((thereafter)).

      (2) The department may only approve a remote site incubator project if the department deems it is consistent with the conservation of wild salmon and trout.  The department shall only utilize appropriate salmonid eggs in remote site incubators, and may acquire eggs by gift or purchase.

(3) The department shall depend chiefly upon volunteer efforts to implement the remote site incubator program through volunteer cooperative projects and the regional fisheries enhancement groups. The department may prioritize remote site incubator projects within regional enhancement areas.

(4) The department may purchase remote site incubators and may use agency employees to construct remote site incubators.  ((The director and the secretary of the department of corrections shall jointly investigate the potential of producing remote site incubators through the prison industries program of the department of corrections, and shall jointly report their finding to the natural resources committees of the house of representatives and the senate by December 1, 1999.))

(5) The department shall investigate the use of the remote site incubator technology for the production of warm water fish.

(6) ((The department shall evaluate the initial results of the program and report to the legislature by December 1, 2000.))  Annual reports on the progress of the program shall be provided to the fish and wildlife commission.

Sec. 30.  RCW 77.95.310 and 1997 c 414 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

((Beginning September 1, 1998, and each September 1st thereafter,)) (1) The department shall ((submit)) maintain a report ((to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature)) identifying ((the)) total salmon and steelhead harvest ((of the preceding season)). This report shall include the final commercial harvests and recreational harvests.  At a minimum, the report shall clearly identify:

(((1))) (a) The total treaty tribal and nontribal harvests by species and by management unit;

(((2))) (b) Where and why the nontribal harvest does not meet the full allocation allowed under United States v. Washington, 384 F. Supp. 312 (1974) (Boldt I) including a summary of the key policies within the management plan that result in a less than full nontribal allocation; and

(((3))) (c) The location and quantity of salmon and steelhead harvested under the wastage provisions of United States v. Washington, 384 F. Supp. 312 (1974).

(2) Upon request, the department shall present the report required to be maintained under this section to the appropriate committees of the legislature.

Sec. 31.  RCW 77.12.184 and 2000 c 252 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department shall deposit all moneys received from the following activities into the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170:

(a) The sale of interpretive, recreational, historical, educational, and informational literature and materials;

(b) The sale of advertisements in regulation pamphlets and other appropriate mediums; and

(c) Enrollment fees in department-sponsored educational training events.

(2) Moneys collected under subsection (1) of this section shall be spent primarily for producing regulation booklets for users and for the development, production, reprinting, and distribution of informational and educational materials.  The department may also spend these moneys for necessary expenses associated with training activities, and other activities as determined by the director.

(3) Regulation pamphlets may be subsidized through appropriate advertising, but must be made available free of charge to the users.

(4) The director may enter into joint ventures with other agencies and organizations to generate revenue for providing public information and education on wildlife and hunting and fishing rules.

Sec. 32.  RCW 77.12.190 and 1991 sp.s. c 31 s 17 are each amended to read as follows:

Moneys in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 may be used only for the purposes of this title, including the payment of principal and interest on bonds issued for capital projects.

Sec. 33.  RCW 77.12.210 and 2000 c 107 s 218 are each amended to read as follows:

The director shall maintain and manage real or personal property owned, leased, or held by the department and shall control the construction of buildings, structures, and improvements in or on the property.  The director may adopt rules for the operation and maintenance of the property.

The commission may authorize the director to sell, lease, convey, or grant concessions upon real or personal property under the control of the department.  This includes the authority to sell timber, gravel, sand, and other materials or products from real property held by the department, and to sell or lease the department's real or personal property or grant concessions or rights‑of‑way for roads or utilities in the property.  Oil and gas resources owned by the state which lie below lands owned, leased, or held by the department shall be offered for lease by the commissioner of public lands pursuant to chapter 79.14 RCW with the proceeds being deposited in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170:  PROVIDED, That the commissioner of public lands shall condition such leases at the request of the department to protect wildlife and its habitat.

If the commission determines that real or personal property held by the department cannot be used advantageously by the department, the director may dispose of that property if it is in the public interest.


If the state acquired real property with use limited to specific purposes, the director may negotiate terms for the return of the property to the donor or grantor.  Other real property shall be sold to the highest bidder at public auction.  After appraisal, notice of the auction shall be published at least once a week for two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the county where the property is located at least twenty days prior to sale.

Proceeds from the sales shall be deposited in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.

Sec. 34.  RCW 77.12.230 and 1987 c 506 s 32 are each amended to read as follows:

The director may pay lawful local improvement district assessments for projects that may benefit wildlife or wildlife-oriented recreation made against lands held by the state for department purposes.  The payments may be made from money appropriated from the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 to the department.

Sec. 35.  RCW 77.12.323 and 1987 c 506 s 42 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) There is established in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 a special wildlife account.  Moneys received under RCW 77.12.320 as now or hereafter amended as compensation for wildlife losses shall be deposited in the state treasury to be credited to the special wildlife account.

(2) The director may advise the state treasurer and the state investment board of a surplus in the special wildlife account above the current needs.  The state investment board may invest and reinvest the surplus, as the commission deems appropriate, in an investment authorized by RCW 43.84.150 or in securities issued by the United States government as defined by RCW 43.84.080 (1) and (4).  Income received from the investments shall be deposited to the credit of the special wildlife account.

Sec. 36.  RCW 77.12.380 and 1987 c 506 s 44 are each amended to read as follows:

Upon receipt of a request under RCW 77.12.360, the commissioner of public lands shall determine if the withdrawal would benefit the people of the state.  If the withdrawal would be beneficial, the commissioner shall have the lands appraised for their lease value.  Before withdrawal, the department shall transmit to the commissioner a voucher authorizing payment from the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 in favor of the fund for which the lands are held.  The payment shall equal the amount of the lease value for the duration of the withdrawal.

Sec. 37.  RCW 77.12.390 and 1987 c 506 s 45 are each amended to read as follows:

Upon receipt of a voucher under RCW 77.12.380, the commissioner of public lands shall withdraw the lands from lease.  The commissioner shall forward the voucher to the state treasurer, who shall draw a warrant against the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 in favor of the fund for which the withdrawn lands are held.

Sec. 38.  RCW 77.12.690 and 1998 c 245 s 158 and 1998 c 191 s 33 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:

The migratory waterfowl art committee is responsible for the selection of the annual migratory bird stamp design and shall provide the design to the department.  If the committee does not perform this duty within the time frame necessary to achieve proper and timely distribution of the stamps to license dealers, the director shall initiate the art work selection for that year.  The committee shall create collector art prints and related artwork, utilizing the same design as provided to the department.  The administration, sale, distribution, and other matters relating to the prints and sales of stamps with prints and related artwork shall be the responsibility of the migratory waterfowl art committee.

The total amount brought in from the sale of prints and related artwork shall be deposited in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.  The costs of producing and marketing of prints and related artwork, including administrative expenses mutually agreed upon by the committee and the director, shall be paid out of the total amount brought in from sales of those same items.  Net funds derived from the sale of prints and related artwork shall be used by the director to contract with one or more appropriate individuals or nonprofit organizations for the development of waterfowl propagation projects within Washington which specifically provide waterfowl for the Pacific flyway.  The department shall not contract with any individual or organization that obtains compensation for allowing waterfowl hunting except if the individual or organization does not permit hunting for compensation on the subject property.

The migratory waterfowl art committee shall have an annual audit of its finances conducted by the state auditor and shall furnish a copy of the audit to the commission.

Sec. 39.  RCW 77.15.100 and 2000 c 107 s 235 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Unless otherwise provided in this title, fish, shellfish, or wildlife unlawfully taken or possessed, or involved in a violation shall be forfeited to the state upon conviction.  Unless already held by, sold, destroyed, or disposed of by the department, the court shall order such fish or wildlife to be delivered to the department.  Where delay will cause loss to the value of the property and a ready wholesale buying market exists, the department may sell property to a wholesale buyer at a fair market value.

(2) When seized property is forfeited to the department, the department may retain it for official use unless the property is required to be destroyed, or upon application by any law enforcement agency of the state, release the property to the agency for the use of enforcing this title, or sell such property and deposit the proceeds into the ((state wildlife fund)) fish and wildlife enforcement reward account established under RCW ((77.12.170)) 77.15.425.  Any sale of other property shall be at public auction or after public advertisement reasonably designed to obtain the highest price.  The time, place, and manner of holding the sale shall be determined by the director.  The director may contract for the sale to be through the department of general administration as state surplus property, or, except where not justifiable by the value of the property, the director shall publish notice of the sale once a week for at least two consecutive weeks before the sale in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the sale is to be held.

Sec. 40.  RCW 77.32.430 and 2005 c 192 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Catch record card information is necessary for proper management of the state's food fish and game fish species and shellfish resources.  Catch record card administration shall be under rules adopted by the commission.  There is no charge for an initial catch record card.  Each subsequent or duplicate catch record card costs ten dollars.

(2) A license to take and possess Dungeness crab is only valid in Puget Sound waters east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line if the fisher has in possession a valid catch record card officially endorsed for Dungeness crab.  The endorsement shall cost no more than three dollars, including any or all fees authorized under RCW 77.32.050, when purchased for a personal use saltwater, combination, or shellfish and seaweed license.  The endorsement shall cost no more than one dollar, including any or all fees authorized under RCW 77.32.050, when purchased for a temporary combination fishing license authorized under RCW 77.32.470(3)(a).


(3) Catch record cards issued with affixed temporary short-term charter stamp licenses are not subject to the ten-dollar charge nor to the Dungeness crab endorsement fee provided for in this section. Charter boat or guide operators issuing temporary short-term charter stamp licenses shall affix the stamp to each catch record card issued before fishing commences.  Catch record cards issued with a temporary short-term charter stamp are valid for one day.

(4) The department shall include provisions for recording marked and unmarked salmon in catch record cards issued after March 31, 2004.

(5) The funds received from the sale of catch record cards and the Dungeness crab endorsement must be deposited into the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.  The funds received from the Dungeness crab endorsement may be used only for the sampling, monitoring, and management of catch associated with the Dungeness crab recreational fisheries.  Moneys allocated under this section shall supplement and not supplant other federal, state, and local funds used for Dungeness crab recreational fisheries management.

Sec. 41.  RCW 77.32.530 and 1996 c 101 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The commission in consultation with the director may authorize hunting of big game animals and wild turkeys through auction.  The department may conduct the auction for the hunt or contract with a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization to conduct the auction for the hunt.

(2) The commission in consultation with the director may authorize hunting of up to a total of ((fifteen)) thirty big game animals and wild turkeys per year through raffle.  The department may conduct raffles or contract with a nonprofit wildlife conservation organization to conduct raffles for hunting these animals.  In consultation with the gambling commission, the director may adopt rules for the implementation of raffles involving hunting.

(3) The director shall establish the procedures for the hunts, which shall require any participants to obtain any required license, permit, or tag.  Representatives of the department may participate in the hunt upon the request of the commission to ensure that the animals to be killed are properly identified.

(4) After deducting the expenses of conducting an auction or raffle, any revenues retained by a nonprofit organization, as specified under contract with the department, shall be devoted solely for wildlife conservation, consistent with its qualification as a bona fide nonprofit organization for wildlife conservation.

(5) The department's share of revenues from auctions and raffles shall be deposited in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.  The revenues shall be used to improve ((the habitat, health, and welfare of the species auctioned or raffled)) game management and shall supplement, rather than replace, other funds budgeted for management of ((that)) game species.  The commission may solicit input from groups or individuals with special interest in and expertise on a species in determining how to use these revenues.

(6) A nonprofit wildlife conservation organization may petition the commission to authorize an auction or raffle for a special hunt for big game animals and wild turkeys.

 

Sec. 42.  RCW 77.32.560 and 2003 c 317 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department may sell watchable wildlife decals.  Proceeds from the sale of the decal must be deposited into the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 and must be dedicated to the support of the department's watchable wildlife activities.  The department may also use proceeds from the sale of the decal for marketing the decal and for marketing watchable wildlife activities in the state.

(2) The term "watchable wildlife activities" includes but is not limited to:  Initiating partnerships with communities to jointly develop watchable wildlife projects, building infrastructure to serve wildlife viewers, assisting and training communities in conducting wildlife watching events, developing destination wildlife viewing corridors and trails, tours, maps, brochures, and travel aides, and offering grants to assist rural communities in identifying key wildlife attractions and ways to protect and promote them.

      (3) The commission must adopt by rule the cost of the watchable wildlife decal.  A person may, at their discretion, contribute more than the cost as set by the commission by rule for the watchable wildlife decal in order to support watchable wildlife activities.  A person who purchases a watchable wildlife decal must be issued one vehicle use permit free of charge.

Sec. 43.  RCW 77.44.050 and 1999 c 235 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

The warm water game fish account is hereby created in the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.  Moneys in the account are subject to legislative appropriation and shall be used for the purpose of funding the warm water game fish enhancement program, including the development of warm water pond and lake habitat, culture of warm water game fish, improvement of warm water fish habitat, management of warm water fish populations, and other practical activities that will improve the fishing for warm water fish.  Funds for warm water game fish as provided in RCW 77.32.440 shall not serve as replacement funding for department-operated warm water fish projects existing on December 31, 1994((, except that an amount not to exceed ninety-one thousand dollars may be used for warm water fish culture at the Rod Meseberg warm water fish production facility during the biennium ending June 30, 2001)).

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 44.  Whenever any personal property comes into the possession of the officers of the department in connection with the official performance of their duties and the personal property remains unclaimed or not taken away for a period of sixty days from the date of written notice to the owner thereof, if known, which notice shall inform the owner of the disposition that may be made of the property under this section and the time that the owner has to claim the property and in all other cases for a period of sixty days from the time the property came into the possession of the department, unless the property has been held as evidence in any court, then, in that event, after sixty days from date when the case has been finally disposed of and the property released as evidence by order of the court, the department may:

      (1) At any time thereafter sell the personal property at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash in the manner hereinafter provided;

(2) Retain the property for the use of the department subject to giving notice in the manner prescribed in RCW 63.35.030 and the right of the owner, or the owner's legal representative, to reclaim the property within one year after receipt of notice, without compensation for ordinary wear and tear if, in the opinion of the director, the property consists of firearms or other items specifically usable in law enforcement work.  At the end of each calendar year during which there has been such a retention, the department shall provide the office of financial management and retain for public inspection a list of such retained items and an estimation of each item's replacement value;

(3) Destroy an item of personal property at the discretion of the director if the director determines that the following circumstances have occurred:

(a) The property has no substantial commercial value or the probable cost of sale exceeds the value of the property;

(b) The item has been unclaimed by any person after notice procedures have been met, as prescribed in this section; and

(c) The director has determined that the item is illegal to possess or sell or unsafe and unable to be made safe for use by any member of the general public;


(4) If the item is not unsafe or illegal to possess or sell, such item, after satisfying the notice requirements as prescribed in this section may be offered by the director to bona fide dealers, in trade for law enforcement equipment, which equipment must be treated as retained property for the purpose of annual listing requirements of subsection (2) of this section; or

(5) At the end of one year, any unclaimed firearm must be disposed of pursuant to RCW 9.41.098(2).  Any other item that is not unsafe or illegal to possess or sell, but has been, or may be used, in the judgment of the director, in a manner that is illegal, may be destroyed.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 45.  Before the personal property shall be sold, a notice of such a sale fixing the time and place thereof which shall be at a suitable place, which will be noted in the advertisement for sale, and containing a description of the property to be sold must be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the property is to be sold at least ten days prior to the date fixed for the auction.  The notice must be signed by the director.  If the owner fails to reclaim the property prior to the time fixed for the sale in such a notice, the director shall conduct the sale and sell the property described in the notice at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash, and upon payment of the amount of the bid shall deliver the property to the bidder.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 46.  The moneys arising from sales under the provisions of this chapter must be first applied to the payment of the costs and expenses of the sale and then to the payment of lawful charges and expenses for the keep of the personal property and the balance, if any, must be forwarded to the state treasurer to be deposited into the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account under RCW 77.15.425.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 47.  If the owner of the personal property so sold, or the owner's legal representative, shall, at any time within three years after the money has been deposited in the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account, furnish satisfactory evidence to the state treasurer of the ownership of the personal property, the owner or the owner's legal representative is entitled to receive from the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account the amount so deposited, with interest.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 48.  (1) Chapter 63.24 RCW, unclaimed property in hands of bailee, does not apply to personal property in the possession of the department.

(2) The uniform unclaimed property act, chapter 63.29 RCW, does not apply to personal property in the possession of the department.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 49.  In addition to any other method of disposition of unclaimed property provided under this chapter, the department may donate unclaimed personal property to nonprofit charitable organizations.  A nonprofit charitable organization receiving personal property donated under this section must use the property, or its proceeds, to benefit needy persons.  The charitable organization must qualify for tax-exempt status under 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3) of the federal internal revenue code.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 50.  Sections 44 through 49 of this act constitute a new chapter in Title 77 RCW.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 51.  RCW 77.12.065 (Wildlife viewing tourism) and 2003 c 183 s 1 are each repealed.

Sec. 52.  RCW 77.12.820 and 1997 c 422 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

The eastern Washington pheasant enhancement account is created in the custody of the state treasurer.  All receipts under RCW 77.12.810 must be deposited in the account.  Moneys in the account are subject to legislative appropriation and shall be used for the purpose of funding the eastern Washington pheasant enhancement program.  The department may use moneys from the account to improve pheasant habitat or to purchase or produce pheasants.  ((Not less than eighty percent of expenditures from the account must be used to purchase or produce pheasants.)) The department must continue to release rooster pheasants in eastern Washington.  The eastern Washington pheasant enhancement account funds must not be used for the purchase of land.  The account may be used to offer grants to improve pheasant habitat on public or private lands that are open to public hunting.  The department may enter partnerships with private landowners, nonprofit corporations, cooperative groups, and federal or state agencies for the purposes of pheasant habitat enhancement in areas that will be available for public hunting.  The department shall submit an annual report to the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1st regarding the department's eastern Washington pheasant activities.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 53.  (1) The legislature finds that healthy wildlife populations are a valuable and treasured public resource to the people of the state of Washington.  However, the legislature also finds that as the human population increases and encroaches on wildlife habitat, interactions between humans and wildlife will become more frequent.

      (2) The legislature further finds that interactions between humans and wildlife can have significant financial impacts on the affected landowner.  Although the resulting wildlife damage is felt most closely by the landowner, the general public, as beneficiaries and stewards of healthy wildlife populations, should bear some responsibility, as outlined in and limited by this act, for providing a measure of restitution to the impacted landowner, provided that the landowner has exhausted all legal, practicable self-help methods available to prevent wildlife damage from occurring.

(3) The legislature further finds that the commercial agriculture, horticulture, and livestock industries are important components of the state economy that can be negatively impacted by interactions with wildlife.  However, the legislature also finds that other landowners, both commercial and residential, may be faced with wildlife interactions that result in property damage.  It is the intent of the legislature to craft a solution whereby all property owners have a potential avenue to petition the state for some mitigation of the damages caused by wildlife.

(4) The legislature further finds that it is in the best interests of the state for the department of fish and wildlife to respond quickly to wildlife damage complaints and to work with those affected to prevent and minimize negative interactions while maintaining healthy wildlife populations.

(5) The legislature further finds that negative wildlife interactions can be best reduced by encouraging landowners to contribute, through their land management practices, to healthy wildlife populations and to provide access for related recreation.

Sec. 54.  RCW 77.36.010 and 1996 c 54 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

((Unless otherwise specified,)) The ((following)) definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter((:)) unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(1) "Claim" means an application to the department for compensation under this chapter.

(2) "Commercial crop" means a ((commercially raised)) horticultural ((and/or)) or agricultural product ((and includes)), including the growing or harvested product ((but does not include livestock)).  For the purposes of this chapter all parts of horticultural trees shall be considered a commercial crop and shall be eligible for claims.

(((2) "Emergency" means an unforeseen circumstance beyond the control of the landowner or tenant that presents a real and immediate threat to crops, domestic animals, or fowl.))

(3) "Commercial livestock" means cattle, sheep, and horses held or raised by a person for sale.

(4) "Compensation" means a cash payment, materials, or service.

(5) "Damage" means economic losses caused by wildlife interactions.


(6) "Immediate family member" means spouse, state registered domestic partner, brother, sister, grandparent, parent, child, or grandchild.

(7) "Owner" means a person who has a legal right to commercial crops, commercial livestock, or other property that was damaged during a wildlife interaction.

(8) "Wildlife interaction" means the negative interaction and the resultant damage between wildlife and commercial crops, commercial livestock, or other property.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 55.  A new section is added to chapter 77.36 RCW to read as follows:

(1)(a) Except as limited by RCW 77.36.070 and 77.36.080, the department shall offer to distribute money appropriated to pay claims to the owner of commercial crops for damage caused by wild deer or elk or to the owners of commercial livestock that has been killed by bears, wolves, or cougars, or injured by bears, wolves, or cougars to such a degree that the market value of the commercial livestock has been diminished.  Payments for claims for damage to commercial livestock are not subject to the limitations of RCW 77.36.070 and 77.36.080, but may not exceed the total amount specifically appropriated therefor.

(b) Owners of commercial crops or commercial livestock are only eligible for a claim under this subsection if:

(i) The owner satisfies the definition of "eligible farmer" in RCW 82.08.855;

(ii) The conditions of section 56 of this act have been satisfied; and

      (iii) The damage caused to the commercial crop or commercial livestock satisfies the criteria for damage established by the commission under this subsection.

(c) The commission shall adopt and maintain by rule criteria that clarifies the damage to commercial crops and commercial livestock qualifying for compensation under this subsection.  An owner of a commercial crop or commercial livestock must satisfy the criteria prior to receiving compensation under this subsection.  The criteria for damage adopted under this subsection must include, but not be limited to, a required minimum economic loss to the owner of the commercial crop or commercial livestock, which may not be set at a value of less than five hundred dollars.

(2)(a) The department may offer to provide noncash compensation only to offset wildlife interactions to a person who applies to the department for compensation for damage to property other than commercial crops or commercial livestock that is the result of a mammalian or avian species of wildlife on a case‑specific basis if the conditions of section 56 of this act have been satisfied and if the damage satisfies the criteria for damage established by the commission under this subsection.

(b) The commission shall adopt and maintain by rule criteria for damage to property other than a commercial crop or commercial livestock that is damaged by wildlife and may be eligible for compensation under this subsection, including criteria for filing a claim for compensation under this subsection.

(3)(a) To prevent or offset wildlife interactions, the department may offer materials or services to a person who applies to the department for assistance in providing mitigating actions designed to reduce wildlife interactions if the actions are designed to address damage that satisfies the criteria for damage established by the commission under this subsection.

(b) The commission shall adopt and maintain by rule criteria for mitigating actions designed to address wildlife interactions that may be eligible for materials and services under this section, including criteria for submitting an application under this section.

(4) An owner who files a claim under this section may appeal the decision of the department pursuant to rules adopted by the commission if the claim:

      (a) Is denied; or

(b) Is disputed by the owner and the owner disagrees with the amount of compensation determined by the department.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 56.  A new section is added to chapter 77.36 RCW to read as follows:

(1) No owner may receive compensation for wildlife interactions under this chapter unless the owner has, as determined by the department, first:

(a) Utilized applicable legal and practicable self-help preventive measures available to prevent the damage, including the use of nonlethal methods and department-provided materials and services when available under section 55 of this act; and

(b) Exhausted all available compensation options available from nonprofit organizations that provide compensation to private property owners due to financial losses caused by wildlife interactions.

(2) In determining if the requirements of this section have been satisfied, the department may recognize and consider the following:

(a) Property losses may occur without future or anticipated knowledge of potential problems resulting in an owner being unable to take preemptive measures.

(b) Normal agricultural practices, animal husbandry practices, recognized standard management techniques, and other industry-recognized management practices may represent adequate preventative efforts.

(c) Under certain circumstances, as determined by the department, wildlife may not logistically or practicably be managed by nonlethal efforts.

(d) Not all available legal preventative efforts are cost‑effective for the owner to practicably employ.

(e) There are certain effective preventative control options not available due to federal or state restrictions.

(f) Under certain circumstances, as determined by the department, permitting public hunting may not be a practicable self-help method due to the size and nature of the property, the property's setting, or the ability of the landowner to accommodate public access.

(3) An owner is not eligible to receive compensation if the damages are covered by insurance.

      (4) The commission shall adopt rules implementing this section, including requirements that owners document nonlethal preventive efforts undertaken and all permits issued by the department under RCW 77.12.240 and 77.12.150.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 57.  A new section is added to chapter 77.36 RCW to read as follows:

The department shall establish:

(1) The form of affidavits or proof required to accompany all claims under this chapter;

(2) The process, time, and methods used to identify and assess damage, including the anticipated timeline for the initiation and conclusion of department action;

(3) How claims will be prioritized when available funds for reimbursement are limited;

(4) Timelines after the discovery of damage by which an owner must file a claim or notify the department;

(5) Protocols for an owner to follow if the owner wishes to undertake activities that would complicate the determination of damages, such as harvesting damaged crops;

(6) The process for determining damage assessments, including the role and selection of professional damage assessors and the responsibility for reimbursing third-party assessors for their services;

(7) Timelines for a claimant to accept, reject, or appeal a determination made by the department;

(8) The identification of instances when an owner would be ineligible for compensation;

(9) An appeals process for an owner eligible for compensation under section 55 of this act who is denied a claim or feels the compensation is insufficient; and


(10) Other policies necessary for administering this chapter.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 58.  A new section is added to chapter 77.36 RCW to read as follows:

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section and as limited by section 55 of this act and RCW 77.36.070 and 77.36.080, the cash compensation portion of each claim by the department under this chapter is limited to the lesser of:

(a) The value of the damage to the property by wildlife reduced by the amount of compensation provided to the claimant by any nonprofit organizations that provide compensation to private property owners due to financial losses caused by wildlife interactions, except that, subject to appropriation to pay compensation for damage to commercial livestock, the value of killed or injured commercial livestock may be no more than two hundred dollars per sheep, one thousand five hundred dollars per head of cattle, and one thousand five hundred dollars per horse; or

(b) Ten thousand dollars.

(2) The department may offer to pay a claim for an amount in excess of ten thousand dollars to the owners of commercial crops or commercial livestock filing a claim under section 55 of this act only if the outcome of an appeal filed by the claimant under section 55 of this act determines a payment higher than ten thousand dollars.

(3) All payments of claims by the department under this chapter must be paid to the owner of the damaged property and may not be assigned to a third party.

(4) The burden of proving all property damage, including damage to commercial crops and commercial livestock, belongs to the claimant.

Sec. 59.  RCW 77.36.070 and 1996 c 54 s 8 are each amended to read as follows:

The department may pay no more than one hundred twenty thousand dollars per fiscal year from the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170 for claims ((under RCW 77.36.040 and for assessment costs and compromise of claims.  Such money shall be used to pay animal damage claims only if the claim meets the conditions of RCW 77.36.040 and the damage occurred in a place where the opportunity to hunt was not restricted or prohibited by a county, municipality, or other public entity during the season prior to the occurrence of the damage)) and assessment costs for damage to commercial crops caused by wild deer or elk submitted under section 55 of this act.

Sec. 60.  RCW 77.36.080 and 1996 c 54 s 9 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Unless the legislature declares an emergency under this section, the department may pay no more than thirty thousand dollars per fiscal year from the general fund for claims ((under RCW 77.36.040 and for assessment costs and compromise of claims unless the legislature declares an emergency.  Such money shall be used to pay animal damage claims only if the claim meets the conditions of RCW 77.36.040 and the damage occurred in a place where the opportunity to hunt was restricted or prohibited by a county, municipality, or other public entity during the season prior to the occurrence of the damage)) and assessment costs for damage to commercial crops caused by wild deer or elk submitted under section 55 of this act.

(2)(a) The legislature may declare an emergency((, defined for the purposes of this section as any happening arising from)) if weather, fire, or other natural ((conditions, or fire that causes unusually great)) events result in deer or elk causing excessive damage to ((commercially raised agricultural or horticultural)) commercial crops ((by deer or elk)).  ((In))

(b) After an emergency declaration, the department may pay as much as may be subsequently appropriated, in addition to the funds authorized under subsection (1) of this section, for claims and assessment costs under ((RCW 77.36.040 and for assessment and compromise of claims)) section 55 of this act.  Such money shall be used to pay ((animal damage)) wildlife interaction claims only if the claim meets the conditions of ((RCW 77.36.040)) section 55 of this act and the department has expended all funds authorized under RCW 77.36.070 or subsection (1) of this section.

Sec. 61.  RCW 77.36.030 and 1996 c 54 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Subject to ((the following)) limitations and conditions established by the commission, the owner, the owner's immediate family member, the owner's documented employee, or a tenant of real property may trap, consistent with RCW 77.15.194, or kill wildlife that is threatening human safety or causing property damage on that property, without the licenses required under RCW 77.32.010 or authorization from the director under RCW 77.12.240((, wild animals or wild birds that are damaging crops, domestic animals, or fowl:

      (a) Threatened or endangered species shall not be hunted, trapped, or killed;

(b) Except in an emergency situation, deer, elk, and protected wildlife shall not be killed without a permit issued and conditioned by the director or the director's designee.  In an emergency, the department may give verbal permission followed by written permission to trap or kill any deer, elk, or protected wildlife that is damaging crops, domestic animals, or fowl; and

(c) On privately owned cattle ranching lands, the land owner or lessee may declare an emergency only when the department has not responded within forty-eight hours after having been contacted by the land owner or lessee regarding damage caused by wild animals or wild birds.  In such an emergency, the owner or lessee may trap or kill any deer, elk, or other protected wildlife that is causing the damage but deer and elk may only be killed if such lands were open to public hunting during the previous hunting season, or the closure to public hunting was coordinated with the department to protect property and livestock)).

(2) ((Except for coyotes and Columbian ground squirrels,)) The commission shall establish the limitations and conditions of this section by rule.  The rules must include:

(a) Appropriate protection for threatened or endangered species;

(b) Instances when verbal or written permission is required to kill wildlife;

(c) Species that may be killed under this section; and

(d) Requirements for the disposal of wildlife trapped or killed under this section ((remain the property of the state, and the person trapping or killing the wildlife shall notify the department immediately.  The department shall dispose of wildlife so taken within three days of receiving such a notification and in a manner determined by the director to be in the best interest of the state)).

(3) In establishing the limitations and conditions of this section, the commission shall take into consideration the recommendations of the Washington state wolf conservation and management plan.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 62.  A new section is added to chapter 77.36 RCW to read as follows:

This chapter represents the exclusive remedy against the state for damage caused by wildlife interactions.

Sec. 63.  RCW 77.12.240 and 1989 c 197 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The ((director)) department may authorize the removal or killing of wildlife that is destroying or injuring property, or when it is necessary for wildlife management or research.

(2) The ((director or other employees of the)) department shall dispose of wildlife taken or possessed by them under this title in the manner determined by the director to be in the best interest of the state.  Proceeds from sales shall be deposited in the state treasury to be credited to the state wildlife ((fund)) account created in RCW 77.12.170.


NEW SECTION.  Sec. 64.  The fish and wildlife commission shall formally review the rules and policies adopted under sections 53 through 66 of this act.  If, in the process of reviewing the rules, the fish and wildlife commission identifies recommended statutory changes related to the subject of sections 53 through 66 of this act and to the ability of the fish and wildlife commission to fulfill the intent of sections 53 through 66 of this act, those recommendations must be forwarded to the appropriate policy committees of the legislature during the regularly scheduled 2014 legislative session.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 65.  The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:

(1) RCW 77.36.005 (Findings) and 1996 c 54 s 1;

(2) RCW 77.36.020 (Game damage control‑-Special hunt/remedial action) and 2003 c 385 s 1 & 1996 c 54 s 3;

(3) RCW 77.36.040 (Payment of claims for damages‑-Procedure‑-Limitations) and 1996 c 54 s 5;

(4) RCW 77.36.050 (Claimant refusal‑-Excessive claims) and 1996 c 54 s 6;

(5) RCW 77.36.060 (Claim refused‑-Posted property) and 1996 c 54 s 7; and

(6) RCW 77.12.260 (Agreements to prevent damage to private property) and 1987 c 506 s 34, 1980 c 78 s 43, & 1955 c 36 s 77.12.260.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 66.  The following sections are each decodified:

RCW 77.36.900; and

RCW 77.36.901.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 67.  Sections 53 through 66 of this act apply prospectively only and not retroactively.  Sections 53 through 66 of this act apply only to claims that arise on or after July 1, 2010. Claims under chapter 77.36 RCW that arise prior to July 1, 2010, must be adjudicated under chapter 77.36 RCW as it existed prior to July 1, 2010.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 68.  The fish and wildlife commission shall complete all initial rule-making activities that are required in order to allow sections 53 through 66 of this act to take effect on July 1, 2010.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 69.  Sections 53 through 66 of this act take effect July 1, 2010.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 70.  Section 64 of this act expires July 30, 2014.

Sec. 71.  RCW 77.04.030 and 2001 c 155 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The fish and wildlife commission consists of ((nine)) seven registered voters of the state.  ((In January of each odd-numbered year,))

(2) The governor shall appoint commissioners, who must be registered voters, with the advice and consent of the senate ((three registered voters to the commission to serve for terms of six years from that January or until their successors are appointed and qualified)).  The governor shall appoint two commissioners each January, except every fourth January following January 2010 the governor shall appoint one commissioner.  Commissioners serve for a term of four years.

(3) If a vacancy occurs on the commission prior to the expiration of a term, the governor shall appoint a registered voter within sixty days to complete the term.  ((Three members shall be residents of that portion of the state lying east of the summit of the Cascade mountains, and three shall be residents of that portion of the state lying west of the summit of the Cascade mountains.  Three additional members))

(4) The governor shall appoint commissioners representing the various geographic areas of the state.  Specifically, one member must reside within the boundaries of each of the six administrative regions recognized by the department on the effective date of this section. One member shall be appointed at-large.  No two members may be residents of the same county.

(5) The legal office of the commission is at the administrative office of the department in Olympia.

Sec. 72.  RCW 77.04.060 and 1993 sp.s. c 2 s 63 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The commission shall hold at least one regular meeting during the first two months of each calendar quarter, and special meetings when called by the chair and by ((five)) three members.  ((Five)) Four members constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

(2) The commission ((at a meeting in each odd-numbered year)) shall elect one of its members as ((chairman)) chair and another member as ((vice chairman)) vice-chair, each of whom shall serve for a term of two years or until a successor is elected and qualified.  Beginning January 1, 2014, no member may serve as chair unless that member has served on the commission for two or more years.

(3) Members of the commission shall be compensated in accordance with RCW 43.03.250.  In addition, members are allowed their travel expenses incurred while absent from their usual places of residence in accordance with RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 73.  (1) In order to effectuate sections 71 and 72 of this act, the position of each sitting fish and wildlife commission member is considered vacated on August 1, 2009.

(2) The governor shall then appoint seven registered voters to the fish and wildlife commission, with the advice and consent of the senate, on August 1, 2009.  The governor shall appoint two members for a term ending January 1, 2011, two members for a term ending January 1, 2012, two members for a term ending January 1, 2013, and one member for a term ending January 1, 2014.

      (3) Nothing in this section prohibits the governor from appointing a sitting commissioner whose position is considered vacated under subsection (1) of this section as a commissioner under subsection (2) of this section.

Sec. 74.  RCW 43.17.020 and 2007 c 341 s 47 are each amended to read as follows:

There shall be a chief executive officer of each department to be known as:  (1) The secretary of social and health services, (2) the director of ecology, (3) the director of labor and industries, (4) the director of agriculture, (5) the director of fish and wildlife, (6) the secretary of transportation, (7) the director of licensing, (8) the director of general administration, (9) the director of community, trade, and economic development, (10) the director of veterans affairs, (11) the director of revenue, (12) the director of retirement systems, (13) the secretary of corrections, (14) the secretary of health, (15) the director of financial institutions, (16) the director of the department of archaeology and historic preservation, (17) the director of early learning, and (18) the executive director of the Puget Sound partnership.

Such officers((, except the director of fish and wildlife,)) shall be appointed by the governor, with the consent of the senate, and hold office at the pleasure of the governor.  The director of fish and wildlife shall be appointed by the ((fish and wildlife commission as prescribed by RCW 77.04.055)) governor according to the procedure set forth in RCW 77.04.080.

Sec. 75.  RCW 77.04.080 and 2000 c 107 s 205 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Persons eligible for appointment as director shall have practical knowledge of the habits and distribution of fish and wildlife.

(2) Whenever the position of director is vacated, the governor must appoint a new director from a list of three candidates recommended by the commission.  The appointment must be made with the consent of the senate.  The director serves at the pleasure of the governor.  


(3) The director shall supervise the administration and operation of the department and perform the duties prescribed by law and delegated by the commission.  The director shall carry out the basic goals and objectives prescribed under RCW 77.04.055.  The director may appoint and employ necessary personnel.  The director may delegate, in writing, to department personnel the duties and powers necessary for efficient operation and administration of the department.

(4) Only persons having general knowledge of the fisheries and wildlife resources and of the commercial and recreational fishing industry in this state are eligible for appointment as director.  The director shall not have a financial interest in the fishing industry or a directly related industry.

(5) The director shall receive the salary fixed by the governor under RCW 43.03.040.

(6) The director is the ex officio secretary of the commission and shall attend its meetings and keep a record of its business.

Sec. 76.  RCW 77.04.055 and 2000 c 107 s 204 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) In establishing policies to preserve, protect, and perpetuate wildlife, fish, and wildlife and fish habitat, the commission shall meet annually with the governor to:

(a) Review and prescribe basic goals and objectives related to those policies; and

(b) Review the performance of the department in implementing fish and wildlife policies.

The commission shall maximize fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreational opportunities compatible with healthy and diverse fish and wildlife populations.

(2) The commission shall establish hunting, trapping, and fishing seasons and prescribe the time, place, manner, and methods that may be used to harvest or enjoy game fish and wildlife.

(3) The commission shall establish provisions regulating food fish and shellfish as provided in RCW 77.12.047.

(4) The commission shall have final approval authority for tribal, interstate, international, and any other department agreements relating to fish and wildlife.

(5) The commission shall adopt rules to implement the state's fish and wildlife laws.

      (6) The commission shall have final approval authority for the department's budget proposals.

(7) The commission shall select its own staff ((and shall appoint the director of the department.  The director and commission staff)), which shall serve at the pleasure of the commission.

Sec. 77.  RCW 77.04.013 and 1995 1st sp.s. c 2 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

The legislature supports the recommendations of the state fish and wildlife commission with regard to the commission's responsibilities in the merged department of fish and wildlife.  It is the intent of the legislature that, beginning July 1, 1996, the commission assume regulatory authority for food fish and shellfish in addition to its existing authority for game fish and wildlife.  It is also the intent of the legislature to provide to the commission the authority to review and approve department agreements, to review and approve the department's budget proposals, to adopt rules for the department, ((and)) to select commission staff, and to make recommendations regarding appointment of the director of the department.

The legislature finds that all fish, shellfish, and wildlife species should be managed under a single comprehensive set of goals, policies, and objectives, and that the decision-making authority should rest with the fish and wildlife commission.  The commission acts in an open and deliberative process that encourages public involvement and increases public confidence in department decision making.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 78.  A new section is added to chapter 77.04 RCW to read as follows:

The commission must provide an opportunity for the public to provide oral and written comments at any regular or special meeting of the commission held pursuant to RCW 77.04.060.  Additionally, at any open public meeting convened pursuant to chapter 42.30 RCW or any gathering open to the public for purposes of providing information to the public or accepting public input, the commission, department, or both must provide the public an opportunity to:  Provide written comments; and provide oral comments to the commission, department, or both, while addressing all in attendance.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 79.  Sections 71 and 72 of this act take effect August 1, 2009.

Sec. 80.  RCW 77.32.050 and 2003 c 389 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) All recreational licenses, permits, tags, and stamps required by this title and raffle tickets authorized under chapter 77.12 RCW shall be issued under the authority of the commission.  The commission shall adopt rules for the issuance of recreational licenses, permits, tags, stamps, and raffle tickets, and for the collection, payment, and handling of license fees, terms and conditions to govern dealers, and dealers' fees.  A transaction fee on recreational documents issued through an automated licensing system may be set by the commission and collected from licensees.  The department may authorize all or part of such fee to be paid directly to a contractor providing automated licensing system services.  Fees retained by dealers shall be uniform throughout the state.  The department shall authorize dealers to collect and retain dealer fees of at least two dollars for purchase of a standard hunting or fishing recreational license document, except that the commission may set a lower dealer fee for issuance of tags or when a licensee buys a license that involves a stamp or display card format rather than a standard department licensing document form.

(2) For the 2009-2011 biennium, the department may authorize an additional transaction fee on recreational documents of no greater than ten percent of the cost of a recreational document issued under this section, including a recreational license, permit, tag, stamp, or raffle ticket.  The transaction fees shall be deposited into the state wildlife account as created in RCW 77.12.170.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 81.  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."

On page 1, line 2 of the title, after "wildlife;" strike the remainder of the title and insert "amending RCW 77.15.050, 77.15.700, 77.15.310, 77.15.320, 77.15.610, 77.32.470, 77.65.010, 77.65.370, 77.65.440, 77.15.510, 77.65.480, 77.08.010, 77.15.370, 77.15.425, 77.15.568, 77.15.620, 77.12.870, 77.12.879, 77.60.150, 77.85.230, 77.85.050, 77.120.030, 77.120.110, 77.120.120, 77.95.200, 77.95.310, 77.12.184, 77.12.190, 77.12.210, 77.12.230, 77.12.323, 77.12.380, 77.12.390, 77.15.100, 77.32.430, 77.32.530, 77.32.560, 77.44.050, 77.12.820, 77.36.010, 77.36.070, 77.36.080, 77.36.030, 77.12.240, 77.04.030, 77.04.060, 43.17.020, 77.04.080, 77.04.055, 77.04.013, and 77.32.050; reenacting and amending RCW 77.12.170 and 77.12.690; adding new sections to chapter 77.15 RCW; adding new sections to chapter 77.36 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 77.32 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 77.04 RCW; adding a new chapter to Title 77 RCW; creating new sections; decodifying RCW 77.36.900 and 77.36.901; repealing RCW 77.12.065, 77.36.005, 77.36.020, 77.36.040, 77.36.050, 77.36.060, and 77.12.260; prescribing penalties; providing effective dates; and providing an expiration date."

 


The President declared the question before the Senate to be the motion by Senator Jacobsen to not adopt the committee striking amendment by the Committee on Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation to Substitute House Bill No. 1778.

The motion by Senator Jacobsen carried and the committee striking amendment was not adopted by voice vote.

 

MOTION

 

Senator Jacobsen moved that the following striking amendment by Senator Jacobsen and others be adopted:

Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:

"Sec. 1.  RCW 77.15.050 and 1998 c 190 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, as used in this chapter, "conviction" means:

(a) A final conviction in a state or municipal court;

(b) A failure to appear at a hearing to contest an infraction or criminal citation; or

(c) An unvacated forfeiture of bail paid as a final disposition for an offense ((or an unvacated forfeiture of bail or collateral deposited to secure the defendant's appearance in court)).

(2) A plea of guilty, or a finding of guilt for a violation of this title or rule of the commission or director constitutes a conviction regardless of whether the imposition of sentence is deferred or the penalty is suspended.

Sec. 2.  RCW 77.15.700 and 2007 c 163 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department shall impose revocation and suspension of privileges in the following circumstances:

(((1))) (a) Upon conviction, if directed by statute for an offense((;)).

(((2))) (b) Upon conviction of a violation not involving commercial fishing, if the department finds that actions of the defendant demonstrated a willful or wanton disregard for conservation of fish or wildlife.  ((Such)) Suspension of privileges under this subsection may be permanent.  ((This subsection (2) does not apply to violations involving commercial fishing;

      (3))) (c) If a person is convicted twice within ten years for a violation involving unlawful hunting, killing, or possessing big game((, the department shall order)).  Revocation and suspension ((of)) under this subsection must be ordered for all hunting privileges for two years.  ((RCW 77.12.722 or 77.16.050 as it existed before June 11, 1998, may comprise one of the convictions constituting the basis for revocation and suspension under this subsection;

(4)(a))) (d) If a person violates, three times or more in a ten-year period, recreational hunting or fishing laws or rules for which the person:  (i) Is convicted of an offense((,)); (ii) has an uncontested notice of infraction((,)); (iii) fails to appear at a hearing to contest ((an)) a fish and wildlife infraction((,)); or (iv) is found to have committed an infraction ((three times in ten years involving any violation of recreational hunting or fishing laws or rules, the department shall order a)).  Revocation and suspension under this subsection must be ordered of all recreational hunting and fishing privileges for two years.

(((b))) (2)(a) A violation punishable as an infraction counts towards the revocation and suspension of recreational hunting and fishing privileges ((only where)) under this section if that violation is:

(i) Punishable as a crime on July 24, 2005, and is subsequently decriminalized; or

(ii) One of the following violations, as they exist on July 24, 2005:  RCW 77.15.160 (((1) or (2))); WAC 220-56-116; WAC 220-56-315(11); or WAC 220-56-355 (1) through (4).

(((c))) (b) The commission may, by rule, designate ((additional)) infractions that do not count towards the revocation and suspension of recreational hunting and fishing privileges.

(((5))) (3) If either the deferred education licensee or the required nondeferred accompanying person, hunting under the authority of RCW 77.32.155(2), is convicted of a violation of this title, except for a violation of RCW 77.15.400 (1) through (3), the department may revoke all hunting licenses and tags and may order a suspension of ((one)) either or both the deferred education licensee's and the nondeferred accompanying person's hunting privileges for one year.

Sec. 3.  RCW 77.15.310 and 2003 c 39 s 38 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful failure to use or maintain an approved fish guard on a diversion device if the person owns, controls, or operates a device used for diverting or conducting water from a lake, river, or stream and:

(a) The device is not equipped with a fish guard, screen, or bypass approved by the director as required by RCW ((77.55.040 or 77.55.320)) 77.57.010 or 77.57.070; or

(b) The person knowingly fails to maintain or operate an approved fish guard, screen, or bypass so as to effectively screen or prevent fish from entering the intake.

(2) Unlawful failure to use or maintain an approved fish guard, screen, or bypass on a diversion device is a gross misdemeanor. Following written notification to the person from the department that there is a violation, each day that a diversion device is operated without an approved or maintained fish guard, screen, or bypass is a separate offense.

Sec. 4.  RCW 77.15.320 and 2000 c 107 s 241 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful failure to provide, maintain, or operate a fishway for dam or other obstruction if the person owns, operates, or controls a dam or other obstruction to fish passage on a river or stream and:

(a) The dam or obstruction is not provided with a durable and efficient fishway approved by the director as required by RCW ((77.55.060)) 77.57.030;

(b) Fails to maintain a fishway in efficient operating condition; or

(c) Fails to continuously supply a fishway with a sufficient supply of water to allow the free passage of fish.

(2) Unlawful failure to provide, maintain, or operate a fishway for dam or other obstruction is a gross misdemeanor.  Following written notification to the person from the department that there is a violation, each day of unlawful failure to provide, maintain, or operate a fishway is a separate offense.

Sec. 5.  RCW 77.15.610 and 1998 c 190 s 33 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person who holds a fur buyer's license or taxidermy license is guilty of unlawful use of a commercial wildlife license if the person:

(a) Fails to have the license in possession while engaged in fur buying or practicing taxidermy for commercial purposes; or

(b) Violates any rule of the department regarding reporting requirements or the use, possession, display, or presentation of the taxidermy or fur buyer's license.

(2) Unlawful use of a commercial wildlife license is a misdemeanor.

Sec. 6.  RCW 77.32.470 and 2008 c 35 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A personal use saltwater, freshwater, combination, temporary, or family fishing weekend license is required for all persons fifteen years of age or older to fish for or possess fish taken for personal use from state waters or offshore waters.

(2) The fees for annual personal use saltwater, freshwater, or combination licenses are as follows:

(a) A combination license allows the holder to fish for or possess fish, shellfish, and seaweed from state waters or offshore waters.  The fee for this license is thirty-six dollars for residents, seventy-two dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for youth.  There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge for this license, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.

(b) A saltwater license allows the holder to fish for or possess fish taken from saltwater areas.  The fee for this license is eighteen dollars for residents, thirty-six dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for resident seniors.  There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge for this license, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.

(c) A freshwater license allows the holder to fish for, take, or possess food fish or game fish species in all freshwater areas.  The fee for this license is twenty dollars for residents, forty dollars for nonresidents, and five dollars for resident seniors.


(3)(a) A temporary combination fishing license is valid for one to five consecutive days and allows the holder to fish for or possess fish, shellfish, and seaweed taken from state waters or offshore waters.  The fee for this temporary fishing license is:

(i) One day - Seven dollars for residents and fourteen dollars for nonresidents;

(ii) Two days - Ten dollars for residents and twenty dollars for nonresidents;

(iii) Three days - Thirteen dollars for residents and twenty-six dollars for nonresidents;

(iv) Four days - Fifteen dollars for residents and thirty dollars for nonresidents; and

(v) Five days - Seventeen dollars for residents and thirty-four dollars for nonresidents.

(b) The fee for a charter stamp is seven dollars for a one-day temporary combination fishing license for residents and nonresidents for use on a charter boat as defined in RCW 77.65.150.

(c) A transaction fee to support the automated licensing system will be taken from the amounts set forth in this subsection for temporary licenses.

(d) Except for active duty military personnel serving in any branch of the United States armed forces, the temporary combination fishing license is not valid on game fish species for an eight-consecutive-day period beginning on the opening day of the lowland lake fishing season as defined by rule of the commission.

(e) The temporary combination fishing license fee for active duty military personnel serving in any branch of the United States armed forces is the resident rate as set forth in (a) of this subsection. Active duty military personnel must provide a valid military identification card at the time of purchase of the temporary license to qualify for the resident rate.

(f) There is an additional fifty-cent surcharge on the temporary combination fishing license and the associated charter stamp, to be deposited in the rockfish research account created in RCW 77.12.702.

(4) A family fishing weekend license allows for a maximum of six anglers:  One resident and five youth; two residents and four youth; or one resident, one nonresident, and four youth.  This license allows the holders to fish for or possess fish taken from state waters or offshore waters.  The fee for this license is twenty dollars.  This license is only valid during periods as specified by rule of the department.

(5) The commission may adopt rules to create and sell combination licenses for all hunting and fishing activities at or below a fee equal to the total cost of the individual license contained within any combination.

(6) The commission may adopt rules to allow the use of two fishing poles per fishing license holder for use on selected state waters.  If authorized by the commission, license holders must purchase a two-pole stamp to use a second pole.  The proceeds from the sale of the two-pole stamp must be deposited into the state wildlife account created in RCW 77.12.170 and used for the operation and maintenance of state-owned fish hatcheries.  The fee for a two-pole stamp is twenty dollars for residents and nonresidents, and five dollars for resident seniors.

Sec. 7.  RCW 77.65.010 and 2005 c 20 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) Except as otherwise provided by this title, a person ((may not)) must have a license or permit issued by the director in order to engage in any of the following activities ((without a license or permit issued by the director)):

(a) Commercially fish for or take food fish or shellfish;

(b) Deliver from a commercial fishing vessel food fish or shellfish taken for commercial purposes in offshore waters.  As used in this subsection, "deliver" means arrival at a place or port, and includes arrivals from offshore waters to waters within the state and arrivals from state or offshore waters;

(c) Operate a charter boat or commercial fishing vessel engaged in a fishery;

(d) Engage in processing or wholesaling food fish or shellfish; or

(e) Act as a food fish guide ((for salmon)) for personal use in freshwater rivers and streams, ((other than that part of the Columbia river below the bridge at Longview)) except that a charter boat license is required to operate a vessel from which a person may for a fee fish for food fish in state waters listed in RCW 77.65.150(4)(b).

(2) No person may engage in the activities described in subsection (1) of this section unless the licenses or permits required by this title are in the person's possession, and the person is the named license holder or an alternate operator designated on the license and the person's license is not suspended.

(3) A valid Oregon license that is equivalent to a license under this title is valid in the concurrent waters of the Columbia river if the state of Oregon recognizes as valid the equivalent Washington license.  The director may identify by rule what Oregon licenses are equivalent.

(4) No license or permit is required for the production or harvesting of private sector cultured aquatic products as defined in RCW 15.85.020 or for the delivery, processing, or wholesaling of such aquatic products.  However, if a means of identifying such products is required by rules adopted under RCW 15.85.060, the exemption from licensing or permit requirements established by this subsection applies only if the aquatic products are identified in conformance with those rules.

Sec. 8.  RCW 77.65.370 and 1998 c 190 s 98 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person shall not offer or perform the services of a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide without a food fish guide license in the taking of ((salmon)) food fish for personal use in freshwater rivers and streams, ((other than in that part of the Columbia river below the bridge at Longview, without a professional salmon guide license)) except that a charter boat license is required to operate a vessel from which a person may for a fee fish for food fish in state waters listed in RCW 77.65.150(4)(b).

(2) Only an individual at least sixteen years of age may hold a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide license.  No individual may hold more than one ((professional salmon)) food fish guide license.

Sec. 9.  RCW 77.65.440 and 2000 c 107 s 55 are each amended to read as follows:

The director shall issue the personal licenses listed in this section according to the requirements of this title.  The licenses and their annual fees are:

 

Personal License

Annual Fee

Governing

 

(RCW 77.95.090 Surcharge)

Section

 

Resident

Nonresident

 

(1) Alternate Operator

$  35

$  35

RCW 77.65.130

(2) Geoduck Diver

$185

$295

RCW 77.65.410

(3) ((Salmon)) Food

Fish Guide

$130

$630

RCW 77.65.370

 

(plus $20)

(plus $100)

 

Sec. 10.  RCW 77.15.510 and 2001 c 253 s 43 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of ((commercial)) acting as a game fish ((guiding)) guide,  food fish guide, or chartering without a license if:

(a) The person operates a charter boat and does not hold the charter boat license required for the food fish taken;

(b) The person acts as a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide and does not hold a ((professional salmon)) food fish guide license; or

(c) The person acts as a game fish guide and does not hold a game fish guide license.

(2) ((Commercial)) Acting without a game fish ((guiding or chartering without a)) guide license, food fish guide license, or charter license is a gross misdemeanor.

Sec. 11.  RCW 77.65.480 and 1991 sp.s. c 7 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A taxidermy license allows the holder to practice taxidermy for ((profit)) commercial purposes, as that term is defined in RCW 77.15.110.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars.


(2) A fur dealer's license allows the holder to purchase, receive, or resell raw furs for ((profit)) commercial purposes, as that term is defined in RCW 77.15.110.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars.

(3) A ((fishing)) game fish guide license allows the holder to offer or perform the services of a ((professional)) game fish guide in the taking of game fish.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars for a resident and six hundred dollars for a nonresident.

      (4) A game farm license allows the holder to operate a game farm to acquire, breed, grow, keep, and sell wildlife under conditions prescribed by the rules adopted pursuant to this title.  The fee for this license is seventy-two dollars for the first year and forty-eight dollars for each following year.

(5) A game fish stocking permit allows the holder to release game fish into the waters of the state as prescribed by rule of the commission.  The fee for this permit is twenty-four dollars.

(6) A fishing or field trial permit allows the holder to promote, conduct, hold, or sponsor a fishing or field trial contest in accordance with rules of the commission.  The fee for a fishing contest permit is twenty-four dollars.  The fee for a field trial contest permit is twenty-four dollars.

(7)(a) An anadromous game fish buyer's license allows the holder to purchase or sell steelhead trout and other anadromous game fish harvested by Indian ((fishermen)) fishers lawfully exercising fishing rights reserved by federal statute, treaty, or executive order, under conditions prescribed by rule of the director.  The fee for this license is one hundred eighty dollars.

(b) An anadromous game fish buyer's license is not required for those businesses that buy steelhead trout and other anadromous game fish from Washington licensed game fish dealers and sell solely at retail.

Sec. 12.  RCW 77.08.010 and 2008 c 277 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

The definitions in this section apply throughout this title or rules adopted under this title unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(1) "Angling gear" means a line attached to a rod and reel capable of being held in hand while landing the fish or a hand-held line operated without rod or reel.

(2) "Aquatic invasive species" means any invasive, prohibited, regulated, unregulated, or unlisted aquatic animal or plant species as defined under subsections (((48) through (53))) (3), (28), (40), (44), (58), and (59) of this section, aquatic noxious weeds as defined under RCW 17.26.020(5)(c), and aquatic nuisance species as defined under RCW 77.60.130(1).

      (3) "Aquatic plant species" means an emergent, submersed, partially submersed, free-floating, or floating-leaving plant species that grows in or near a body of water or wetland.

(4) "Bag limit" means the maximum number of game animals, game birds, or game fish which may be taken, caught, killed, or possessed by a person, as specified by rule of the commission for a particular period of time, or as to size, sex, or species.

(5) "Closed area" means a place where the hunting of some or all species of wild animals or wild birds is prohibited.

(6) "Closed season" means all times, manners of taking, and places or waters other than those established by rule of the commission as an open season.  "Closed season" also means all hunting, fishing, taking, or possession of game animals, game birds, game fish, food fish, or shellfish that do not conform to the special restrictions or physical descriptions established by rule of the commission as an open season or that have not otherwise been deemed legal to hunt, fish, take, harvest, or possess by rule of the commission as an open season.

(7) "Closed waters" means all or part of a lake, river, stream, or other body of water, where fishing or harvesting is prohibited.

(8) "Commercial" means related to or connected with buying, selling, or bartering.

(9) "Commission" means the state fish and wildlife commission.

(10) "Concurrent waters of the Columbia river" means those waters of the Columbia river that coincide with the Washington-Oregon state boundary.

(11) "Contraband" means any property that is unlawful to produce or possess.

(12) "Deleterious exotic wildlife" means species of the animal kingdom not native to Washington and designated as dangerous to the environment or wildlife of the state.

(((12))) (13) "Department" means the department of fish and wildlife.

(((13))) (14) "Director" means the director of fish and wildlife.

(((14))) (15) "Endangered species" means wildlife designated by the commission as seriously threatened with extinction.

(((15))) (16) "Ex officio fish and wildlife officer" means a commissioned officer of a municipal, county, state, or federal agency having as its primary function the enforcement of criminal laws in general, while the officer is in the appropriate jurisdiction.  The term "ex officio fish and wildlife officer" includes special agents of the national marine fisheries service, state parks commissioned officers, United States fish and wildlife special agents, department of natural resources enforcement officers, and United States forest service officers, while the agents and officers are within their respective jurisdictions.

(((16))) (17) "Fish" includes all species classified as game fish or food fish by statute or rule, as well as all fin fish not currently classified as food fish or game fish if such species exist in state waters.  The term "fish" includes all stages of development and the bodily parts of fish species.

(((17))) (18) "Fish and wildlife officer" means a person appointed and commissioned by the director, with authority to enforce this title and rules adopted pursuant to this title, and other statutes as prescribed by the legislature.  Fish and wildlife officer includes a person commissioned before June 11, 1998, as a wildlife agent or a fisheries patrol officer.

(((18))) (19) "Fish broker" means a person whose business it is to bring a seller of fish and shellfish and a purchaser of those fish and shellfish together.

(20) "Fishery" means the taking of one or more particular species of fish or shellfish with particular gear in a particular geographical area.

(((19))) (21) "Freshwater" means all waters not defined as saltwater including, but not limited to, rivers upstream of the river mouth, lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.

(((20))) (22) "Fur-bearing animals" means game animals that shall not be trapped except as authorized by the commission.

(((21))) (23) "Game animals" means wild animals that shall not be hunted except as authorized by the commission.

(((22))) (24) "Game birds" means wild birds that shall not be hunted except as authorized by the commission.

(((23))) (25) "Game farm" means property on which wildlife is held or raised for commercial purposes, trade, or gift.  The term "game farm" does not include publicly owned facilities.

(((24))) (26) "Game reserve" means a closed area where hunting for all wild animals and wild birds is prohibited.

      (((25))) (27) "Illegal items" means those items unlawful to be possessed.

(28) "Invasive species" means a plant species or a nonnative animal species that either:

(a) Causes or may cause displacement of, or otherwise threatens, native species in their natural communities;

(b) Threatens or may threaten natural resources or their use in the state;

(c) Causes or may cause economic damage to commercial or recreational activities that are dependent upon state waters; or

(d) Threatens or harms human health.

(((26))) (29) "License year" means the period of time for which a recreational license is valid.  The license year begins April 1st, and ends March 31st.

(((27))) (30) "Limited-entry license" means a license subject to a license limitation program established in chapter 77.70 RCW.

(((28))) (31) "Money" means all currency, script, personal checks, money orders, or other negotiable instruments.

(32) "Nonresident" means a person who has not fulfilled the qualifications of a resident.


(((29))) (33) "Offshore waters" means marine waters of the Pacific Ocean outside the territorial boundaries of the state, including the marine waters of other states and countries.

(((30))) (34) "Open season" means those times, manners of taking, and places or waters established by rule of the commission for the lawful hunting, fishing, taking, or possession of game animals, game birds, game fish, food fish, or shellfish that conform to the special restrictions or physical descriptions established by rule of the commission or that have otherwise been deemed legal to hunt, fish, take, harvest, or possess by rule of the commission.  "Open season" includes the first and last days of the established time.

(((31))) (35) "Owner" means the person in whom is vested the ownership dominion, or title of the property.

(36) "Person" means and includes an individual; a corporation; a public or private entity or organization; a local, state, or federal agency; all business organizations, including corporations and partnerships; or a group of two or more individuals acting with a common purpose whether acting in an individual, representative, or official capacity.

(((32))) (37) "Personal use" means for the private use of the individual taking the fish or shellfish and not for sale or barter.

(((33))) (38) "Personal property" or "property" includes both corporeal and incorporeal personal property and includes, among other property, contraband and money.

(39) "Predatory birds" means wild birds that may be hunted throughout the year as authorized by the commission.

(((34))) (40) "Prohibited aquatic animal species" means an invasive species of the animal kingdom that has been classified as a prohibited aquatic animal species by the commission.

(((35))) (41) "Protected wildlife" means wildlife designated by the commission that shall not be hunted or fished.

(((36))) (42) "Raffle" means an activity in which tickets bearing an individual number are sold for not more than twenty-five dollars each and in which a permit or permits are awarded to hunt or for access to hunt big game animals or wild turkeys on the basis of a drawing from the tickets by the person or persons conducting the raffle.

(((37))) (43) "Recreational and commercial watercraft" includes the boat, as well as equipment used to transport the boat, and any auxiliary equipment such as attached or detached outboard motors.

(((38))) (44) "Regulated aquatic animal species" means a potentially invasive species of the animal kingdom that has been classified as a regulated aquatic animal species by the commission.

(((39))) (45) "Resident" means:

(a) A person who has maintained a permanent place of abode within the state for at least ninety days immediately preceding an application for a license, has established by formal evidence an intent to continue residing within the state, and who is not licensed to hunt or fish as a resident in another state; and

(b) A person age eighteen or younger who does not qualify as a resident under (a) of this subsection, but who has a parent that qualifies as a resident under (a) of this subsection.

(((40))) (46) "Retail-eligible species" means commercially harvested salmon, crab, and sturgeon.

(((41))) (47) "Saltwater" means those marine waters seaward of river mouths.

      (((42))) (48) "Seaweed" means marine aquatic plant species that are dependent upon the marine aquatic or tidal environment, and exist in either an attached or free floating form, and includes but is not limited to marine aquatic plants in the classes Chlorophyta, Phaeophyta, and Rhodophyta.

(((43))) (49) "Senior" means a person seventy years old or older.

(((44))) (50) "Shellfish" means those species of marine and freshwater invertebrates that have been classified and that shall not be taken except as authorized by rule of the commission.  The term "shellfish" includes all stages of development and the bodily parts of shellfish species.

(((45))) (51) "State waters" means all marine waters and fresh waters within ordinary high water lines and within the territorial boundaries of the state.

(((46))) (52) "To fish," "to harvest," and "to take," and their derivatives means an effort to kill, injure, harass, or catch a fish or shellfish.

(((47))) (53) "To hunt" and its derivatives means an effort to kill, injure, capture, or harass a wild animal or wild bird.

(((48))) (54) "To process" and its derivatives mean preparing or preserving fish, wildlife, or shellfish.

(((49))) (55) "To trap" and its derivatives means a method of hunting using devices to capture wild animals or wild birds.

(((50))) (56) "Trafficking" means offering, attempting to engage, or engaging in sale, barter, or purchase of fish, shellfish, wildlife, or deleterious exotic wildlife.

(((51))) (57) "Unclaimed" means that no owner of the property has been identified or has requested, in writing, the release of the property to themselves nor has the owner of the property designated an individual to receive the property or paid the required postage to effect delivery of the property.

(58) "Unlisted aquatic animal species" means a nonnative animal species that has not been classified as a prohibited aquatic animal species, a regulated aquatic animal species, or an unregulated aquatic animal species by the commission.

(((52))) (59) "Unregulated aquatic animal species" means a nonnative animal species that has been classified as an unregulated aquatic animal species by the commission.

      (((53))) (60) "Wholesale fish dealer" means a person who, acting for commercial purposes, takes possession or ownership of fish or shellfish and sells, barters, or exchanges or attempts to sell, barter, or exchange fish or shellfish that have been landed into the state of Washington or entered the state of Washington in interstate or foreign commerce.

(61) "Wild animals" means those species of the class Mammalia whose members exist in Washington in a wild state and the species Rana catesbeiana (bullfrog).  The term "wild animal" does not include feral domestic mammals or old world rats and mice of the family Muridae of the order Rodentia.

(((54))) (62) "Wild birds" means those species of the class Aves whose members exist in Washington in a wild state.

(((55))) (63) "Wildlife" means all species of the animal kingdom whose members exist in Washington in a wild state.  This includes but is not limited to mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates.  The term "wildlife" does not include feral domestic mammals, old world rats and mice of the family Muridae of the order Rodentia, or those fish, shellfish, and marine invertebrates classified as food fish or shellfish by the director.  The term "wildlife" includes all stages of development and the bodily parts of wildlife members.

(((56))) (64) "Youth" means a person fifteen years old for fishing and under sixteen years old for hunting.

Sec. 13.  RCW 77.12.170 and 2005 c 418 s 3, 2005 c 225 s 4, 2005 c 224 s 4, and 2005 c 42 s 4 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:

(1) There is established in the state treasury the state wildlife account which consists of moneys received from:

(a) Rentals or concessions of the department;

(b) The sale of real or personal property held for department purposes, unless the property is seized or recovered through a fish, shellfish, or wildlife enforcement action;

(c) The assessment of administrative penalties, and the sale of licenses, permits, tags, and stamps required by chapter 77.32 RCW and RCW 77.65.490, except annual resident adult saltwater and all annual razor clam and shellfish licenses, which shall be deposited into the state general fund;

(d) Fees for informational materials published by the department;

(e) Fees for personalized vehicle, Wild on Washington, and Endangered Wildlife license plates and Washington's Wildlife license plate collection as provided in chapter 46.16 RCW;

(f) Articles or wildlife sold by the director under this title;

(g) Compensation for damage to department property or wildlife losses or contributions, gifts, or grants received under RCW 77.12.320. However, this excludes fish and shellfish overages, and court-ordered restitution or donations associated with any fish, shellfish, or wildlife enforcement action, as such moneys must be deposited pursuant to RCW 77.15.425;


(h) Excise tax on anadromous game fish collected under chapter 82.27 RCW;

(i) ((The sale of personal property seized by the department for fish, shellfish, or wildlife violations;

(j))) The department's share of revenues from auctions and raffles authorized by the commission; and

(((k))) (j) The sale of watchable wildlife decals under RCW 77.32.560.

(2) State and county officers receiving any moneys listed in subsection (1) of this section shall deposit them in the state treasury to be credited to the state wildlife account.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 14.  A new section is added to chapter 77.15 RCW to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful use of a department permit if the person:

(a) Violates any terms or conditions of the permit issued by the department or the director; or

(b) Violates any rule of the commission or the director applicable to the requirement for, issuance of, or use of the permit.

(2) Permits covered under subsection (1) of this section include, but are not limited to, master hunter permits, depredation permits, landowner hunting permits, commercial carp license permits, permits to possess or dispense beer or malt liquor pursuant to RCW 66.28.210, and permits to hold, sponsor, or attend an event requiring a banquet permit from the liquor control board.  Permits excluded from subsection (1) of this section include fish and wildlife lands vehicle use permits, commercial use or activity permits, noncommercial use or activity permits, parking permits, experimental fishery permits, trial commercial fishery permits, and scientific collection permits.

(3) Unlawful use of a department permit is a misdemeanor.

(4) A person is guilty of unlawful use of an experimental fishery permit or a trial commercial fishery permit if the person:

(a) Violates any terms or conditions of the permit issued by the department or the director; or

(b) Violates any rule of the commission or the director applicable to the issuance or use of the permit.

(5) Unlawful use of an experimental fishery permit or a trial commercial fishery permit is a gross misdemeanor.

(6) The definitions in this subsection apply throughout this section unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

(a) "Experimental fishery permit" means a permit issued by the director for either:

(i) An "emerging commercial fishery," defined as a fishery for a newly classified species for which the department has determined that there is a need to limit participation; or

(ii) An "expanding commercial fishery," defined as a fishery for a previously classified species in a new area, by a new method, or at a new effort level, for which the department has determined that there is a need to limit participation.

(b) "Trial commercial fishery permit" means a permit issued by the department for trial harvest of a newly classified species or harvest of a previously classified species in a new area or by a new means.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 15.  A new section is added to chapter 77.32 RCW to read as follows:

(1) In order to effectively manage wildlife in areas or at times when a higher proficiency and demonstrated skill level are needed for resource protection or public safety, the department establishes the master hunter permit program.  The master hunter permit program emphasizes safe, ethical, responsible, and lawful hunting practices. Program goals include improving the public's perception of hunting and perpetuating the highest hunting standards.

      (2) A master hunter permit is required to participate in controlled hunts to eliminate problem animals that damage property or threaten public safety.  The commission may establish by rule the requirements an applicant must comply with when applying for or renewing a master hunter permit, including but not limited to a criminal background check.  The director may establish an advisory group to assist the department with administering the master hunter program.

(3) The fee for an initial master hunter permit may not exceed fifty dollars, and the cost of renewing a master hunter permit may not exceed twenty-five dollars.  Funds generated under this section must be deposited into the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account established in RCW 77.15.425, and the funds must be used exclusively to administer the master hunter program.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 16.  A new section is added to chapter 77.15 RCW to read as follows:

(1) The department may suspend a person's master hunter permit for the following reasons and corresponding lengths of time:

(a) If the person pays the required fine or is found to have committed an infraction under this chapter or the department's rules, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for two years;

(b) If the person pays the required fine or is convicted of a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony under this chapter, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

(c) If the person pays the required fine or is convicted of trespass, reckless endangerment, criminal conspiracy, or making a false statement to law enforcement while hunting, fishing, or engaging in any activity regulated by the department, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

(d) If the person pays the required fine or is convicted of a felony prohibiting the possession of firearms, unless firearm possession is reinstated, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

(e) If the person has a hunting or fishing license revoked or has hunting or fishing license privileges suspended in another state, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life;

      (f) If the person is cited, or charged by complaint, for an offense under this chapter; or for trespass, reckless endangerment, criminal conspiracy, or making a false statement to law enforcement while hunting, fishing, or engaging in any activity regulated by the department, the department may immediately suspend the person's master hunter permit until the offense has been adjudicated; or

(g) If the person submits fraudulent information to the department, the department shall suspend the person's master hunter permit for life.

(2) Any master hunter who is notified of an intended suspension may request an appeal hearing under chapter 34.05 RCW.

Sec. 17.  RCW 77.15.370 and 2005 c 406 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of unlawful recreational fishing in the first degree if:

(a) The person takes, possesses, or retains two times or more than the bag limit or possession limit of fish or shellfish allowed by any rule of the director or commission setting the amount of food fish, game fish, or shellfish that can be taken, possessed, or retained for noncommercial use;

(b) The person fishes in a fishway;

(c) The person shoots, gaffs, snags, snares, spears, dipnets, or stones fish or shellfish in state waters, or possesses fish or shellfish taken by such means, unless such means are authorized by express rule of the commission or director; ((or))

(d) The person fishes for or possesses a fish listed as threatened or endangered in 50 C.F.R. Sec. 17.11 (2002), unless fishing for or possession of such fish is specifically allowed under federal or state law; or

(e) The person possesses a sturgeon measuring in excess of the maximum size limit as established by rules adopted by the department.

(2) Unlawful recreational fishing in the first degree is a gross misdemeanor.

Sec. 18.  RCW 77.15.425 and 2006 c 148 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:


The fish and wildlife enforcement reward account is created in the custody of the state treasurer.  ((All receipts from criminal wildlife penalty assessments under RCW 77.15.420 and 77.15.400 must be deposited into the account.))  Deposits to the account include:  Receipts from fish and shellfish overages as a result of a department enforcement action; fees for hunter education deferral applications; fees for master hunter applications and master hunter certification renewals; all receipts from criminal wildlife penalty assessments under RCW 77.15.400 and 77.15.420; all receipts of court-ordered restitution or donations associated with any fish, shellfish, or wildlife enforcement action; and proceeds from forfeitures and evidence pursuant to RCW 77.15.070 and 77.15.100.  The department may accept money or personal property from persons under conditions requiring the property or money to be used consistent with the intent of expenditures from the fish and wildlife enforcement reward account.  Expenditures from the account may be used only for investigation and prosecution of fish and wildlife offenses, to provide rewards to persons informing the department about violations of this title and rules adopted under this title, to offset department-approved costs incurred to administer the hunter education deferral program and the master hunter program, and for other valid enforcement uses as determined by the commission.  Only the director or the director's designee may authorize expenditures from the account. The account is subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW, but an appropriation is not required for expenditures.

Sec. 19.  RCW 77.15.568 and 2007 c 337 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of a secondary commercial fish receiver's failure to account for commercial harvest if:

(a) The person sells fish or shellfish at retail, stores or holds fish or shellfish for another in exchange for valuable consideration, ships fish or shellfish in exchange for valuable consideration, or brokers fish or shellfish in exchange for valuable consideration;

(b) The fish or shellfish were required to be entered on a Washington fish receiving ticket or a Washington aquatic farm production annual report; and

(c) The person fails to maintain records of each receipt of fish or shellfish, as required under subsections (3) through (5) of this section, at the location where the fish or shellfish are being sold, at the location where the fish or shellfish are being stored or held, or at the principal place of business of the shipper or broker.

(2) This section ((does not apply)) applies to a wholesale fish dealer((,)) acting in the capacity of a broker.  However, this section does not apply to a wholesale fish dealer acting in the capacity of a wholesale fish dealer, to a fisher selling under a direct retail sale endorsement, or to a registered aquatic farmer.

(3) Records of the receipt of fish or shellfish required to be kept under this section must be in the English language and be maintained for three years from the date fish or shellfish are received, shipped, or brokered.

(4) Records maintained by persons that retail or broker must include the following:

(a) The name, address, and phone number of the wholesale fish dealer, fisher selling under a direct retail sale endorsement, or aquatic farmer or shellstock shipper from whom the fish or shellfish were purchased or received;

(b) The Washington fish receiving ticket number documenting original receipt or aquatic farm production quarterly report documenting production, if available;

(c) The date of purchase or receipt; and

(d) The amount and species of fish or shellfish purchased or received.

(5) Records maintained by persons that store, hold, or ship fish or shellfish for others must state the following:

(a) The name, address, and phone number of the person and business from whom the fish or shellfish were received;

(b) The date of receipt; and

(c) The amount and species of fish or shellfish received.

(6) A secondary commercial fish receiver's failure to account for commercial harvest is a misdemeanor.

Sec. 20.  RCW 77.15.620 and 2002 c 301 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) A person is guilty of engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the second degree if the person:

      (a) Engages in the commercial processing of fish or shellfish, including custom canning or processing of personal use fish or shellfish and does not hold a wholesale dealer's license required by RCW 77.65.280(1) or 77.65.480 for anadromous game fish, or a direct retail endorsement under RCW 77.65.510;

(b) Engages in the wholesale selling, buying, or brokering of food fish or shellfish and does not hold a wholesale dealer's or buying license required by RCW 77.65.280(2) or 77.65.480 for anadromous game fish;

(c) Is a fisher who lands and sells his or her catch or harvest in the state to anyone other than a licensed wholesale dealer within or outside the state and does not hold a direct retail endorsement required by RCW 77.65.510; or

(d) Engages in the commercial manufacture or preparation of fertilizer, oil, meal, caviar, fish bait, or other byproducts from food fish or shellfish and does not hold a wholesale dealer's license required by RCW 77.65.280(4) or 77.65.480 for anadromous game fish.

(2) Engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the second degree is a gross misdemeanor.

(3) A person is guilty of engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the first degree if the person commits the act described by subsection (1) of this section and the violation involves:  (a) Fish or shellfish worth two hundred fifty dollars or more; (b) a failure to document such fish or shellfish with a fish receiving ticket or other documentation required by statute or rule of the department; or (c) violates any other rule of the department regarding wholesale fish buying and dealing.  Engaging in fish dealing activity without a license in the first degree is a class C felony.

Sec. 21.  RCW 77.12.870 and 2002 c 20 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department, in consultation with the Northwest straits commission, the department of natural resources, and other interested parties, must create and maintain a database of known derelict fishing gear, including the type of gear and its location.

(2) A person who loses or abandons commercial fishing gear within the waters of the state is encouraged to report the location of the loss and the type of gear lost to the department within forty-eight hours of the loss.

(((3) The department, in consultation with fishing industry groups and tribal comanagers, must evaluate methods to reduce future losses of fishing gear and report the results of this evaluation to the appropriate legislative committees by January 1, 2003.))

Sec. 22.  RCW 77.12.879 and 2007 c 350 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The aquatic invasive species prevention account is created in the state treasury.  Moneys directed to the account from RCW 88.02.050 must be deposited in the account.  Expenditures from the account may only be used as provided in this section.  Moneys in the account may be spent only after appropriation.

(2) Funds in the aquatic invasive species prevention account may be appropriated to the department to develop an aquatic invasive species prevention program for recreational and commercial watercraft.  Funds must be expended as follows:

(a) To inspect recreational and commercial watercraft;

(b) To educate general law enforcement officers on how to enforce state laws relating to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species;

(c) To evaluate and survey the risk posed by recreational and commercial watercraft in spreading aquatic invasive species into Washington state waters;

(d) To evaluate the risk posed by float planes in spreading aquatic invasive species into Washington state waters; and


(e) To implement an aquatic invasive species early detection and rapid response plan.  The plan must address the treatment and immediate response to the introduction to Washington waters of aquatic invasive species.  Agency and public review of the plan must be conducted under chapter 43.21C RCW, the state environmental policy act.  If the implementation measures or actions would have a probable significant adverse environmental impact, a detailed statement under chapter 43.21C RCW must be prepared on the plan.

(3) Funds in the aquatic invasive species enforcement account created in RCW 43.43.400 may be appropriated to the department and Washington state patrol to develop an aquatic invasive species enforcement program for recreational and commercial watercraft.  The department shall provide training to Washington state patrol employees working at port of entry weigh stations, and other local law enforcement employees, on how to inspect recreational and commercial watercraft for the presence of aquatic invasive species.  A person who enters Washington by road transporting any commercial or recreational watercraft that has been used in any designated aquatic invasive species state or foreign country as defined by rule of the department must have in his or her possession valid documentation that the watercraft has been inspected and found free of aquatic invasive species.  The department is authorized to require persons transporting recreational and commercial watercraft to stop at check stations. Check stations must be plainly marked by signs, operated by at least one uniformed fish and wildlife officer, and operated in a safe manner. Any person stopped at a check station who possesses a recreational or commercial watercraft that has been used in any designated aquatic invasive species state or foreign country as defined by rule of the department, or that is contaminated with aquatic invasive species, must bear the expense for any necessary impoundment, transportation, cleaning, and decontamination of the watercraft.  Any person stopped at a check station who possesses a recreational or commercial watercraft that has been used in any designated aquatic invasive species state or foreign country as defined by rule of the department, or that is contaminated with aquatic invasive species, is exempt from the criminal penalties found in RCW 77.15.253 and 77.15.290, and forfeiture under RCW 77.15.070, if that person complies with all department directives for the proper decontamination of the watercraft and equipment.

(4) The department shall submit a biennial report to the appropriate legislative committees describing the actions taken to implement this section along with suggestions on how to better fulfill the intent of chapter 464, Laws of 2005.  ((The first report is due December 1, 2007.))

Sec. 23.  RCW 77.60.150 and 2001 c 273 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

(1) The department shall initiate a pilot project to evaluate the feasibility and potential of intensively culturing shellfish on currently nonproductive oyster reserve land in Puget Sound.  The pilot program shall include no fewer than three long-term lease agreements with commercial shellfish growers.  Except as provided in subsection (((4))) (3) of this section, revenues from the lease of such lands shall be deposited in the oyster reserve land account created in RCW 77.60.160.

(2) The department shall form one advisory committee each for the Willapa Bay oyster reserve lands and the Puget Sound oyster reserve lands.  The advisory committees shall make recommendations on management practices to conserve, protect, and develop oyster reserve lands.  The advisory committees may make recommendations regarding the management practices on oyster reserve lands, in particular to ensure that they are managed in a manner that will:  (a) Increase revenue through production of high-value shellfish; (b) not be detrimental to the market for shellfish grown on nonreserve lands; and (c) avoid negative impacts to existing shellfish populations.  The advisory committees may also make recommendation on the distribution of funds in RCW 77.60.160(2)(a).  The department shall attempt to structure each advisory committee to include equal representation between shellfish growers that participate in reserve sales and shellfish growers that do not.

(3) ((The department shall submit a brief progress report on the status of the pilot programs to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature by January 7, 2003.

(4))) The department of natural resources, in consultation with the department of fish and wildlife, shall administer the leases for oyster reserves entered into under this chapter.  In administering the leases, the department of natural resources shall exercise its authority under RCW ((79.96.090)) 79.135.300.  Vacation of state oyster reserves by the department ((of fish and wildlife)) shall not be a requirement for the department of natural resources to lease any oyster reserves under this section.  The department of natural resources may recover reasonable costs directly associated with the administration of the leases for oyster reserves entered into under this chapter.  All administrative fees collected by the department of natural resources pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the resource management cost account established in RCW 79.64.020.  The department of ((fish and wildlife)) may not assess charges to recover the costs of consulting with the department of natural resources under this subsection.