SB 5167

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 Reported by Senate Committee On:

Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade, January 24, 2019

Title: An act relating to the linked deposit program.

Brief Description: Addressing the linked deposit program.

Sponsors: Senators Hasegawa, Saldaña, Darneille, Frockt, Keiser, Nguyen and Mullet.

Brief History:

Committee Activity: Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade: 1/22/19, 1/24/19 [DPS-WM].

Brief Summary of First Substitute Bill

  • Increases the limit for qualifying loans made to veteran-owned businesses from $15 million per year to $25 million per year.

  • Adds additional criteria that the Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises must use to prioritize loans in the Linked Deposit Program.


Majority Report: That Substitute Senate Bill No. 5167 be substituted therefor, and the substitute bill do pass and be referred to Committee on Ways & Means.

Signed by Senators Mullet, Chair; Hasegawa, Vice Chair; Wilson, L., Ranking Member; Das, Ericksen and Hobbs.

Staff: Clint McCarthy (786-7319)

Background: The Linked Deposit Program (program) was created to increase access to business capital for the state's certified minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses. Under the program, the state treasurer may use up to $190 million of the state’s short-term surplus funds to allow certified businesses to obtain reduced interest rate loans from participating financial institutions. Up to $15 million per year of the total program amount is provided for veteran-owned businesses, with the remaining $175 million in funding allocated to minority-owned and women-owned businesses. A qualifying loan is one to certified minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses, and cannot exceed $1 million per business or have a repayment period greater than ten years.

The Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE) must adopt rules implementing the program to:

Summary of Bill: The bill as referred to committee not considered.

Summary of Bill (First Substitute): The limit for qualifying loans made to a veteran-owned business that has received state certification by the Department of Veterans Affairs is increased from $15 million per year to $25 million a year.

A line of credit issued under the program that has a zero balance for 12 or more months will be removed from the program. OMWBE must use additional criteria to prioritize loans that create jobs in underserved communities that have inadequate access to capital, and are targeted for applicants that do not currently have loans with other small business lending agencies.

The requirement for the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to provide technical assistance and loan packaging services is removed. OMWBE is directed to develop indicators that measure the performance of the linked deposit program. Previously, Commerce was directed to develop the indicators in consultation with OMWBE.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

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 First Substitute: PRO: This bill passed out of the Senate with no opposition last year. Currently, some of the certified owned businesses in the program are not creating jobs so as much as they were create wealth for individuals. This legislation tweaks the program to prioritize job creation. After the advent of I-200 in 1998, the number of firms in the program that get funding has dropped.

OTHER: Veterans were added to the linked deposit program in 2008. Currently, there are 12 businesses are on the waiting list.

Persons Testifying: PRO: Senator Bob Hasegawa, Prime Sponsor; Ted Wicorek, Veterans Legislative Coalition; Catherine Mele-Hetter, Office of the State Treasurer. OTHER: Heidi Audette, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: OTHER: Brad Tower, Community Bankers of Washington.