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                         SENATE BILL 5119



State of Washington      55th Legislature     1997 Regular Session


By Senators Swecker, Snyder and Roach


Read first time 01/15/97.  Referred to Committee on Natural Resources & Parks.


Compensating members of the forest practices appeals board.

    AN ACT Relating to compensating members of the forest practices appeals board; amending RCW 76.09.220; making an appropriation; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 76.09.220 and 1989 c 175 s 164 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) The appeals board shall operate on either a part-time or a full-time basis, as determined by the governor.  If it is determined that the appeals board shall operate on a full-time basis, each member shall receive an annual salary to be determined by the governor.  If it is determined that the appeals board shall operate on a part-time basis, each member shall be compensated in accordance with RCW ((43.03.240:  PROVIDED, That such))43.03.250.  The director of the environmental hearings office shall make the determination, required under RCW 43.03.250, as to what statutorily prescribed duties, in addition to attendance at a hearing or meeting of the board, shall merit compensation.  This compensation shall not exceed ten thousand dollars in a fiscal year.  Each member shall receive reimbursement for travel expenses incurred in the discharge of his duties in accordance with the provisions of RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.

    (2) The appeals board shall as soon as practicable after the initial appointment of the members thereof, meet and elect from among its members a chairman, and shall at least biennially thereafter meet and elect or reelect a chairman.

    (3) The principal office of the appeals board shall be at the state capital, but it may sit or hold hearings at any other place in the state.  A majority of the appeals board shall constitute a quorum for making orders or decisions, promulgating rules and regulations necessary for the conduct of its powers and duties, or transacting other official business, and may act though one position on the board be vacant.  One or more members may hold hearings and take testimony to be reported for action by the board when authorized by rule or order of the board.  The appeals board shall perform all the powers and duties granted to it in this chapter or as otherwise provided by law.

    (4) The appeals board shall make findings of fact and prepare a written decision in each case decided by it, and such findings and decision shall be effective upon being signed by two or more members and upon being filed at the appeals board's principal office, and shall be open to public inspection at all reasonable times.

    (5) The appeals board shall either publish at its expense or make arrangements with a publishing firm for the publication of those of its findings and decisions which are of general public interest, in such form as to assure reasonable distribution thereof.

    (6) The appeals board shall maintain at its principal office a journal which shall contain all official actions of the appeals board, with the exception of findings and decisions, together with the vote of each member on such actions.  The journal shall be available for public inspection at the principal office of the appeals board at all reasonable times.

    (7) The forest practices appeals board shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear appeals arising from an action or determination by the department.

    (8)(a) Any person aggrieved by the approval or disapproval of an application to conduct a forest practice may seek review from the appeals board by filing a request for the same within thirty days of the approval or disapproval.  Concurrently with the filing of any request for review with the board as provided in this section, the requestor shall file a copy of his request with the department and the attorney general.  The attorney general may intervene to protect the public interest and insure that the provisions of this chapter are complied with.

    (b) The review proceedings authorized in ((subparagraph)) (a) of this subsection are subject to the provisions of chapter 34.05 RCW pertaining to procedures in adjudicative proceedings.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  The sum of eight thousand dollars, or as much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated for the biennium ending June 30, 1999, from the general fund to the environmental hearings office for the purposes of section 1 of this act.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  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 takes effect July 1, 1997.


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