CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
SENATE BILL 5019
2021 REGULAR SESSION
Passed by the Senate March 8, 2021
Yeas 49 Nays 0
President of the Senate
Passed by the House April 9, 2021
Yeas 98 Nays 0
Speaker of the House of Representatives
I, Brad Hendrickson, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SENATE BILL 5019 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.
Secretary of State
State of Washington
SENATE BILL 5019
Passed Legislature - 2021 Regular Session
State of Washington
2021 Regular Session
BySenators Kuderer, Hunt, Brown, and Wilson, C.
Prefiled 12/16/20.Read first time 01/11/21.Referred to Committee on Housing & Local Government.
AN ACT Relating to the recording standards commission; amending RCW 65.24.010
; adding a new section to chapter 65.24
RCW; creating a new section; and repealing RCW 65.24.900
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The legislature recognizes the necessity to clarify existing law regarding the recording of documents with county recording departments and county auditors. Recording standards and practices vary from county to county, which creates confusion and liability. County recorders, real estate firms, title and escrow companies, and consumer groups need simplified and standardized recording standards and fees. It is the intent of the legislature that the secretary of state have the authority to create regulations for consistent recording of documents by county auditors.
and 2008 c 57 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) "Document" means information that is:
(a) Inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium, and is retrievable in perceivable form; and
(b) Eligible to be recorded in the land records maintained by the recording officer.
(2) "Electronic" means relating to technology having electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic, or similar capabilities.
(3) "Electronic document" means a document that is received by the recording officer in an electronic form.
(4) "Electronic signature" means an electronic sound, symbol, or process attached to or logically associated with a document and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the document.
(5) "Person" means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, public corporation, government, or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity.
(6) "State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
standards commission" means the body of stakeholders appointed by the secretary of state to review recording standards, including but not limited to
electronic recording standards,
and make recommendations to the secretary under RCW 65.24.040
and 2008 c 57 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The office of the secretary of state shall create and appoint ((an e-recording))a recording standards commission. The ((e-recording))recording standards commission shall review recording standards, including electronic recording standards, and make recommendations to the secretary of state for rules necessary to implement this chapter. A majority of the commission must be county recorders or county auditors. The commission may include assessors, treasurers, land title company representatives, escrow agents, and mortgage brokers, the state archivist, county surveyors, and any other party the secretary of state deems appropriate. The term of the commissioners will be set by the secretary of state.
To keep the standards and practices of recording officers in this state in harmony, and to promote harmony
with the standards and practices of recording offices in other jurisdictions that enact ((this chapter
))similar legislation or policy
and to keep the technology used by recording officers in this state compatible with technology used by recording offices in other jurisdictions that enact ((this chapter
))similar legislation or policy
, the office of the secretary of state, under RCW 40.14.020,
so far as is consistent with the purposes, policies, and provisions of this chapter, in adopting, amending, and repealing rules supporting recording
standards shall consider:
(((1)))(a) The standards and practices of other jurisdictions;
(((2)))(b) The most recent standards adopted by national standard-setting bodies, such as the property records industry association;
(((3)))(c) The views of interested persons and governmental officials and entities;
(((4)))(d) The needs of counties of varying size, population, and resources; ((and
(5)))(e) Standards requiring adequate information security protection to ensure that ((electronic)) documents are accurate, authentic, adequately preserved, and resistant to tampering;
(f) Standards requiring adequate information security protection to ensure that electronic documents are accurate, authentic, adequately preserved, and resistant to tampering;
(g) Standards for the certification of recorded documents including imaged paper documents and documents that are received by the recording officer in an electronic form; and
(h) Standards on the documentation and recording of boundary line adjustments for real property.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4.
A new section is added to chapter 65.24
RCW to read as follows:
(1) The secretary of state, as chief archivist, shall make reasonable rules in accordance with federal and state laws, to provide for the uniform recording of documents in cooperation with the commission established in this chapter.
(2) In addition to the rule-making authority granted otherwise by this section, the secretary of state may make rules governing the following:
(a) Recording duties of county recorders and county auditors;
(b) Recording standards for the creation of certified copies for use as evidence;
(c) Recording standards for documents related to eminent domain;
(d) Recording standards for documents related to community property;
(e) Recording standards for documents related to unfit dwellings, buildings, and structures;
(f) Recording standards for court summons served and court judgments;
(g) Recording standards for documents related to military discharge;
(h) Recording standards for documents related to boundaries and plats not otherwise under the rule-making authority of another state agency;
(i) Recording standards for documents related to liens;
(j) Recording standards for documents related to mortgages, deeds of trust, and real estate contracts;
(k) Recording standards for documents related to the uniform commercial code;
(l) Recording standards for documents related to real property and conveyances;
(m) Standards to be used in recording, registration, and legal publication under this chapter;
(n) Recording standards for documents related to cemetery property;
(o) Standards for fee waivers including but not limited to documents for veterans, and support of dependent children;
(p) Recording standards for documents related to mines, minerals, and petroleum;
(q) Recording standards for documents related to public lands, including tidelands, and shorelines;
(r) Recording standards for documents related to excise tax on real estate;
(s) Recording standards for documents related to property tax;
(t) Recording standards for documents prepared in foreign countries; and
(u) Recording standards for documents not identified in (a) through (t) of this subsection.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5. RCW 65.24.900 (Short title) and 2008 c 57 s 1 are each repealed.
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