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                          HOUSE BILL 1925



State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Representatives H. Sommers, Sehlin, Romero, Wood and Schindler; by request of Secretary of State


Read first time 02/08/2001.  Referred to Committee on Appropriations.

Funding local records management.

    AN ACT Relating to local government records; amending RCW 36.22.175; adding a new section to chapter 36.22 RCW; repealing 1996 c 245 s 2 (uncodified); providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 36.22.175 and 1996 c 245 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

    In addition to any other charge authorized by law, the county auditor shall charge a surcharge of one dollar per instrument for each document recorded.  Revenue generated through this surcharge shall be transmitted monthly to the state treasurer for deposit in the archives and records management account.  These funds shall be used solely for providing records scheduling, security microfilm inspection and storage, archival preservation, cataloging, and indexing for local government records and access to those records through the regional branch archives of the division of archives and records management.  ((This section shall expire June 30, 2001.))


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 36.22 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) The division of archives and records management shall establish a competitive process to solicit and prioritize project proposals for potential funding by surplus funds from the auditor surcharge and tax warrant surcharge revenues.  Application for specific projects may be made by local government agencies only.  The state archivist shall adopt rules governing project eligibility and evaluation criteria.

    (2) The advisory committee established under RCW 40.14.027 will review proposals and establish a prioritized list of projects to be considered for funding by September 1st of each odd-numbered year, beginning in 2001.  The evaluation of proposals and development of the prioritized list must be developed through open public meetings.  Funding for projects will be granted according to the ranking of each application on the prioritized list and projects will be funded only to the extent that funds are available.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3. 1996 c 245 s 2 (uncodified) is repealed.


    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 takes effect June 30, 2001.


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