SENATE BILL 5336
State of Washington 55th Legislature 1997 Regular Session
By Senators Horn and Haugen
Read first time 01/23/97. Referred to Committee on Government Operations.
AN ACT Relating to clarifying and harmonizing provisions affecting cities and towns; amending RCW 19.16.500, 39.30.010, 41.04.190, 35.27.070, 35.07.040, 9.41.050, and 35A.12.010; adding a new section to chapter 35.23 RCW; and repealing RCW 35.07.030, 35.17.160, 35.23.390, and 35.23.400.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 19.16.500 and 1982 c 65 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Agencies, departments, taxing districts, political subdivisions of the state, counties, and incorporated cities may retain, by written contract, collection agencies licensed under this chapter for the purpose of collecting public debts owed by any person.
(2) No debt may be assigned to a collection agency unless (a) there has been an attempt to advise the debtor (i) of the existence of the debt and (ii) that the debt may be assigned to a collection agency for collection if the debt is not paid, and (b) at least thirty days have elapsed from the time the notice was sent.
(3) Collection agencies assigned debts under this section shall have only those remedies and powers which would be available to them as assignees of private creditors.
(4) For purposes of this section, the term debt shall include fines, fees, penalties, costs, assessments, and other debts.
(5) The costs involved in the collection of the debts through the use of a collection agency are costs that shall be added to and included in the debt to be paid by the debtor.
Sec. 2. RCW 39.30.010 and 1970 ex.s. c 42 s 26 are each amended to read as follows:
city or town or metropolitan park district or county or library district may
execute an executory conditional sales contract with a county or counties, the
state or any of its political subdivisions, the government of the United
States, or any private party for the purchase of any real or personal property,
or property rights in connection with the exercise of any powers or duties
which they now or hereafter are authorized to exercise, if the entire amount of
the purchase price specified in such contract does not result in a total
indebtedness in excess of ((
three-fourths of)) one and one-half
percent of the value of the taxable property in such city or town or
metropolitan park district or county or library district: PROVIDED, That if
such a proposed contract would result in a total indebtedness in excess of (( three-fourths
of)) one and one-half percent of the value of the taxable property
of such city or town or metropolitan park district or county or library
district, as the case may be, a proposition in regard to whether or not such a
contract may be executed shall be submitted to the voters for approval or
rejection in the same manner that bond issues for capital purposes are
submitted to the voters: PROVIDED FURTHER, That any city or town or metropolitan
park district or county or library district may jointly execute contracts
authorized by this section, if the entire amount of the purchase price does not
result in a joint total indebtedness in excess of (( three-fourths of))
one and one-half percent of the value of the taxable property in such
city or town or metropolitan park district or county or library district. The
term "value of the taxable property" shall have the meaning set forth
in RCW 39.36.015.
Sec. 3. RCW 41.04.190 and 1996 c 230 s 1610 are each amended to read as follows:
The cost of a policy or plan to a public agency or body is not additional compensation to the employees or elected officials covered thereby. The elected officials to whom this section applies include but are not limited to commissioners elected under chapters 28A.315, 52.14, 53.12, 54.12, 57.12, 70.44, and 87.03 RCW, as well as any county elected officials who are provided insurance coverage under RCW 41.04.180, and those city officials elected under chapters 35.22, 35.23, 35.27, 35A.12, and 35A.13 RCW. Any officer authorized to disburse such funds may pay in whole or in part to an insurance carrier or health care service contractor the amount of the premiums due under the contract.
Sec. 4. RCW 35.27.070 and 1993 c 47 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
The government of a town shall be vested in a mayor and a council consisting of five members and a treasurer, all elective; the mayor shall appoint a clerk and a marshal; and may appoint a town attorney, pound master, street superintendent, a civil engineer, and such police and other subordinate officers and employees as may be provided for by ordinance. All appointive officers and employees shall hold office at the pleasure of the mayor, subject to any applicable law, rule, or regulation relating to civil service, and shall not be subject to confirmation by the town council.
Sec. 5. RCW 35.07.040 and 1965 c 7 s 35.07.040 are each amended to read as follows:
the applicable census shows a population of less than four thousand,)) The
council shall cause an election to be called upon the proposition of
disincorporation. If the city or town has any indebtedness or outstanding
liabilities, it shall order the election of a receiver at the same time.
Sec. 6. RCW 9.41.050 and 1996 c 295 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:
(1)(a) Except in the person's place of abode or fixed place of business, a person shall not carry a pistol concealed on his or her person without a license to carry a concealed pistol.
Every licensee shall have his or her concealed pistol license in his or her
immediate possession at all times that he or she is required by this section to
have a concealed pistol license and shall display the same upon demand to any
police officer or to any other person when and if required by law to do so.
Any violation of this subsection (1)(b) shall be a class 1 civil infraction
under chapter ((
7.84)) 7.80 RCW and shall be punished accordingly
pursuant to chapter (( 7.84)) 7.80 RCW and the infraction rules
for courts of limited jurisdiction.
(2) A person shall not carry or place a loaded pistol in any vehicle unless the person has a license to carry a concealed pistol and: (a) The pistol is on the licensee's person, (b) the licensee is within the vehicle at all times that the pistol is there, or (c) the licensee is away from the vehicle and the pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.
(3) A person at least eighteen years of age who is in possession of an unloaded pistol shall not leave the unloaded pistol in a vehicle unless the unloaded pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.
(4) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, no person may carry a firearm unless it is unloaded and enclosed in an opaque case or secure wrapper or the person is:
(a) Licensed under RCW 9.41.070 to carry a concealed pistol;
(b) In attendance at a hunter's safety course or a firearms safety course;
(c) Engaging in practice in the use of a firearm or target shooting at an established range authorized by the governing body of the jurisdiction in which such range is located or any other area where the discharge of a firearm is not prohibited;
(d) Engaging in an organized competition involving the use of a firearm, or participating in or practicing for a performance by an organized group that uses firearms as a part of the performance;
(e) Engaging in a lawful outdoor recreational activity such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or horseback riding, only if, considering all of the attendant circumstances, including but not limited to whether the person has a valid hunting or fishing license, it is reasonable to conclude that the person is participating in lawful outdoor activities or is traveling to or from a legitimate outdoor recreation area;
(f) In an area where the discharge of a firearm is permitted, and is not trespassing;
(g) Traveling with any unloaded firearm in the person's possession to or from any activity described in (b), (c), (d), (e), or (f) of this subsection, except as provided in (h) of this subsection;
(h) Traveling in a motor vehicle with a firearm, other than a pistol, that is unloaded and locked in the trunk or other compartment of the vehicle, placed in a gun rack, or otherwise secured in place in a vehicle, provided that this subsection (4)(h) does not apply to motor homes if the firearms are not within the driver's compartment of the motor home while the vehicle is in operation. Notwithstanding (a) of this subsection, and subject to federal and state park regulations regarding firearm possession therein, a motor home shall be considered a residence when parked at a recreational park, campground, or other temporary residential setting for the purposes of enforcement of this chapter;
(i) On real property under the control of the person or a relative of the person;
(j) At his or her residence;
(k) Is a member of the armed forces of the United States, national guard, or organized reserves, when on duty;
(l) Is a law enforcement officer;
(m) Carrying a firearm from or to a vehicle for the purpose of taking or removing the firearm to or from a place of business for repair; or
(n) An armed private security guard or armed private detective licensed by the department of licensing, while on duty or enroute to and from employment.
(5) Violation of any of the prohibitions of subsections (2) through (4) of this section is a misdemeanor.
(6) Nothing in this section permits the possession of firearms illegal to possess under state or federal law.
(7) Any city, town, or county may enact an ordinance to exempt itself from the prohibition of subsection (4) of this section.
Sec. 7. RCW 35A.12.010 and 1994 c 223 s 30 are each amended to read as follows:
government of any noncharter code city or charter code city electing to adopt
the mayor-council plan of government authorized by this chapter shall be vested
in an elected mayor and an elected council. The council of a noncharter code
city having less than twenty-five hundred inhabitants shall consist of five
members; when there are twenty-five hundred or more inhabitants, the council
shall consist of seven members((
: PROVIDED, That)) . A city with a
population of less than twenty-five hundred at the time of reclassification as
an optional municipal code city may choose to maintain a seven-member council.
The decision concerning the number of councilmembers shall be made by the
council and be incorporated as a section of the ordinance adopting for the city
the classification of noncharter code city. If the population of a city
after having become a code city decreases from twenty-five hundred or more to
less than twenty-five hundred, it shall continue to have a seven member
council. If, after a city has become a mayor-council code city, its population
increases to twenty-five hundred or more inhabitants, the number of
councilmanic offices in such city may increase from five to seven members upon
the affirmative vote of a majority of the existing council to increase the
number of councilmanic offices in the city. When the population of a
mayor-council code city having five councilmanic offices increases to five
thousand or more inhabitants, the number of councilmanic offices in the city
shall increase from five to seven members. In the event of an increase in the
number of councilmanic offices, the city council shall, by majority vote,
pursuant to RCW 35A.12.050, appoint two persons to serve in these offices until
the next municipal general election, at which election one person shall be
elected for a two-year term and one person shall be elected for a four-year
term. The number of inhabitants shall be determined by the most recent
official state or federal census or determination by the state office of
financial management. A charter adopted under the provisions of this title,
incorporating the mayor-council plan of government set forth in this chapter,
may provide for an uneven number of councilmembers not exceeding eleven.
A noncharter code city of less than five thousand inhabitants which has elected the mayor-council plan of government and which has seven councilmanic offices may establish a five-member council in accordance with the following procedure. At least six months prior to a municipal general election, the city council shall adopt an ordinance providing for reduction in the number of councilmanic offices to five. The ordinance shall specify which two councilmanic offices, the terms of which expire at the next general election, are to be terminated. The ordinance shall provide for the renumbering of council positions and shall also provide for a two-year extension of the term of office of a retained councilmanic office, if necessary, in order to comply with RCW 35A.12.040.
However, a noncharter code city that has retained its old mayor-council plan of government, as provided in RCW 35A.02.130, is subject to the laws applicable to that old plan of government.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 8. A new section is added to chapter 35.23 RCW to read as follows:
No person is eligible to hold an elective office in a second class city unless the person is a resident and elector in the city.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 9. The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:
(1) RCW 35.07.030 and 1965 c 7 s 35.07.030;
(2) RCW 35.17.160 and 1965 c 7 s 35.17.160;
(3) RCW 35.23.390 and 1965 c 7 s 35.23.390; and
(4) RCW 35.23.400 and 1965 c 7 s 35.23.400.
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