SENATE BILL REPORT
This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.
As Passed Senate, March 1, 2017
Title: An act relating to skill center facility maintenance.
Brief Description: Concerning skill center facility maintenance.
Sponsors: Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Honeyford).
Committee Activity: Ways & Means: 2/16/17, 2/23/17 [DPS].
Passed Senate: 3/01/17, 49-0.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON WAYS & MEANS
Majority Report: That Substitute Senate Bill No. 5644 be substituted therefor, and the substitute bill do pass.
Signed by Senators Braun, Chair; Brown, Vice Chair; Rossi, Vice Chair; Honeyford, Vice Chair, Capital Budget ; Ranker, Ranking Minority Member; Rolfes, Assistant Ranking Minority Member, Operating Budget; Frockt, Assistant Ranking Minority Member, Capital Budget; Bailey, Becker, Billig, Carlyle, Conway, Darneille, Fain, Hasegawa, Keiser, Miloscia, Padden, Pedersen, Rivers, Schoesler, Warnick and Zeiger.
Staff: Richard Ramsey (786-7412)
Background: There are 15 skill centers Washington which operate as cooperatives with participating school districts and offer in-depth programs for about 7000 students. Facility funding is provided through the capital budget; the funding is administered by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction School Facilities and Organization.
Summary of First Substitute Bill: The host district of a skill center cooperative must maintain a separate capital account into which the participating school districts must make annual deposits to pay for minor repair and maintenance costs for the skill center. The annual deposits may be a per pupil facility fee charged by the host district.
Fiscal Note: Not requested.
Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.
Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.
Staff Summary of Public Testimony on Proposed Substitute: The committee recommended a different version of the bill than what was heard. PRO: This is valuable because the consortium of districts cannot sell bonds. We recommend removing the 40 percent value threshold in lines 12-16. Skill centers are funded through direct appropriation.
Persons Testifying: PRO: Paul Randall, Tri-Tech Skills Center; Casey Moore, Director of School Facilities, OSPI; Michael Christianson, Bethel School District, Pierce County Skills Center.
Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: No one.