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                                 SENATE BILL 5626



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Senators McMullen, Amondson and Snyder; by request of Washington Hardwoods Commission.


Read first time February 12, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Environment & Natural Resources.Revising provisions relating to the hardwood commission.

     AN ACT Relating to the hardwood commission; amending RCW 15.74.030 and 15.74.060; adding a new section to chapter 15.74 RCW; and declaring an emergency.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 15.74.030 and 1990 c 142 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

     The commission shall have the power to elect a chair and such officers as the commission deems necessary and advisable.  The commission shall elect a treasurer who shall be responsible for all receipts and disbursements by the commission.  The treasurer's faithful discharge of duties shall be guaranteed by a bond at the sole expense of the commission.  The commission shall adopt rules for its governance, which shall provide for the holding of an annual meeting for the election of officers and the transaction of other business and for such other meetings as the commission may direct.  The commission shall do all things reasonably necessary to effect the purposes of this chapter.  The commission shall have no legislative power.  The commission may employ and discharge managers, secretaries, agents, attorneys, and other employees or staff, and may engage the services of independent contractors, prescribe their duties, and fix their compensation.  Each member of the board shall be compensated in accordance with RCW 43.03.240 and shall be reimbursed for travel expenses at the rates allowed state employees in accordance with RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 15.74 RCW to read as follows:

     Any due and payable assessment levied under this chapter in such specified amount as may be determined by the commission shall constitute a personal debt of every person so assessed or who otherwise owes the same, and the same shall be due and payable to the commission when payment is called for by the commission.  In the event any person fails to pay the commission the full amount of such assessment or such other sum on or before the date due, the commission may, and is hereby authorized to, add to such unpaid assessment or sum an amount not exceeding ten percent of the same to defray the cost of enforcing the collecting of the same.  In the event of failure of such person or persons to pay any such due and payable assessment or other such sum, the commission may bring a civil action against such person or persons in a court of competent jurisdiction for the collection thereof, together with the above specified ten percent thereon, and such action shall be tried and judgment rendered as in any other cause of action for debt due and payable.


     Sec. 3.  RCW 15.74.060 and 1990 c 142 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

     To provide for permanent funding of the Washington hardwoods commission, agricultural commodity assessments shall be levied by the commission on processors and handlers of hardwoods.  ((The commission shall determine by December 31, 1990, a method and rate of assessment on processors as well as a work plan for the commission.  The commission shall report to the natural resource and revenues committees of each house of the legislature at that time.))

     An assessment is hereby levied upon hardwoods processed or handled in this state at the point of first sale to a processor or at a designated point of measurement in lieu of the point of first sale.  The assessment on hardwoods shall be twenty-five cents per one thousand board feet Scribner log scale or equivalent, or 7.25 green tons per thousand board feet Scribner log scale.  If the volume or weight of hardwoods processed or handled is less than one hundred thousand board feet Scribner log scale or equivalent per calendar quarter at the point of levy assessment, no assessment may be levied.  The commission shall have the authority to collect the assessments.  Assessment shall be remitted to the commission on a quarterly basis beginning on January 1, 1992.  All assessments in a quarter are due to the commission within forty-five days after the quarter.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  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 shall take effect immediately.