State of Washington
66th Legislature
2019 Regular Session
ByRepresentatives Blake, MacEwen, Dolan, Orcutt, Doglio, Dent, Shewmake, Springer, Bergquist, Chandler, Fitzgibbon, Appleton, Stanford, Steele, and Pettigrew
Read first time 01/21/19.Referred to Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations.
AN ACT Relating to state agency employee access to peer-reviewed journals; creating new sections; making an appropriation; and providing an expiration date.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1. The legislature finds that state agencies often do not have comprehensive electronic access to many peer-reviewed journals. As a result, state employees often must purchase specific manuscripts, outsource searches to other entities, or physically visit a university library in order to access many peer-reviewed journals. Locating a specific manuscript can take hours of staff time and is neither an efficient nor a cost-effective use of state resources. Other states have created statewide collectives for providing access to peer-reviewed journals, resulting in both increased access to peer-reviewed journals as well as significant cost savings. In light of the benefits that other states have experienced in connection with statewide subscriptions to peer-reviewed journals, the legislature seeks to learn whether such a subscription model would be beneficial in Washington.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2. (1) The Washington state institute for public policy is directed to conduct a study that addresses, at a minimum, potential funding, organizational structure, and policy mechanisms that would provide relevant state employees with comprehensive electronic access to peer-reviewed journals. For the purposes of this study, "peer-reviewed journal" means any academic, scholarly, or scientific peer-reviewed journal.
(2) The study must be completed by December 1, 2020, and submitted in accordance with RCW 43.01.036 to the standing committees of the house of representatives and the senate with jurisdiction over environmental or natural resource issues.
(3) This section expires June 30, 2021.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3. The sum of two hundred thousand dollars, or as much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, from the general fund to the Washington state institute for public policy for the purpose of conducting a study of the feasibility of providing relevant state employees with comprehensive electronic access to peer-reviewed journals.
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