SB 6346

                       As Passed House

                        March 1, 1994


Title:  An act relating to expediting the implementation of the merger of the departments of fisheries and wildlife into the department of fish and wildlife.


Brief Description:  Expediting the merger of the departments of fisheries and wildlife.


Sponsors:  Senators Owen, Oke, Spanel, Drew, Sheldon, Deccio, Winsley, Skratek, Moore, Haugen, Hargrove, Franklin, McAuliffe, A. Smith, Sellar, McDonald, Moyer and Snyder; by request of Governor Lowry.


Brief History:

  Reported by House Committee on:

State Government, February 23, 1994, DP;

Passed House, March 1, 1994, 86-0.




Majority Report:  Do pass.  Signed by 9 members:  Representatives Anderson, Chair; Veloria, Vice Chair; Reams, Ranking Minority Member; L. Thomas, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Campbell; Conway; Dyer; King and Pruitt.


Staff:  Bonnie Austin (786-7135).


Background:  In 1993 the Legislature enacted legislation merging the Department of Fisheries and the Department of Wildlife, effective July 1, 1994.  The merger plan was completed in November of 1993.  According to the Governor's Office, the merger of the two departments is ready to proceed.


Summary of Bill:  The Department of Fisheries and the Department of Wildlife are merged effective March 1, 1994.


Fiscal Note:  Not requested.


Effective Date:  The bill contains an emergency clause and takes effect on March 1, 1994.


Testimony For:  The merger is ready to proceed ahead of schedule.  In order for these new agencies to begin to conduct their business, the merger needs to be legally effective.  Completing the process also relieves employee anxiety.


Testimony Against:  None.


Witnesses:  Fred Helberg, Governor's Office & Office of Financial Management (pro).