SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1295





                        57th Legislature

                2001 Regular Legislative Session


Passed by the House April 17, 2001

  Yeas 91   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives




Speaker of the House of Representatives





Passed by the Senate April 5, 2001

  Yeas 49   Nays 0



We, Timothy A. Martin and Cynthia Zehnder, Co-Chief Clerks of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1295  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk




                          Chief Clerk

President of the Senate




Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.              




Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1295



                     AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By House Committee on Trade & Economic Development (originally sponsored by Representatives Dunn, Dunshee, Mielke, Fromhold, Hunt, Miloscia, Roach and Benson)


Read first time .  Referred to Committee on .

Modifying revenue bond provisions of the economic development finance authority.  

    AN ACT Relating to the Washington economic development finance authority; amending RCW 43.163.090, 43.163.130, and 43.163.210; and declaring an emergency.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 43.163.090 and 1998 c 245 s 50 are each amended to read as follows:

    The authority shall adopt a general plan of economic development finance objectives to be implemented by the authority during the period of the plan.  The authority may exercise the powers authorized under this chapter prior to the adoption of the initial plan.  In developing the plan, the authority shall consider and set objectives for:

    (1) Employment generation associated with the authority's programs;

    (2) The application of funds to sectors and regions of the state economy evidencing need for improved access to capital markets and funding resources;

    (3) Geographic distribution of funds and programs available through the authority;

    (4) Eligibility criteria for participants in authority programs;

    (5) The use of funds and resources available from or through federal, state, local, and private sources and programs;

    (6) Standards for economic viability and growth opportunities of participants in authority programs;

    (7) New programs which serve a targeted need for financing assistance within the purposes of this chapter; and

    (8) Opportunities to improve capital access as evidenced by programs existent in other states or as they are made possible by results of private capital market circumstances.

    The authority shall, as part of the finance plan required under this section, develop an outreach and marketing plan designed to increase its financial services to ((distressed)) rural counties.  As used in this section, "((distressed)) rural counties" ((has the same meaning as distressed area)) means counties smaller than two hundred twenty-five square miles or as defined in RCW 43.168.020.

    At least one public hearing shall be conducted by the authority on the plan prior to its adoption.  The plan shall be adopted by resolution of the authority no later than November 15, 1990.  The authority may periodically update the plan as determined necessary by the authority.  The plan or updated plan shall include a report on authority activities conducted since the commencement of authority operation or since the last plan was reported, whichever is more recent, including a statement of results achieved under the purposes of this chapter and the plan.  Upon adoption, the authority shall conduct its programs in observance of the objectives established in the plan.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 43.163.130 and 1998 c 48 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) The authority may issue its nonrecourse revenue bonds in order to obtain the funds to carry out the programs authorized in this chapter.  The bonds shall be special obligations of the authority, payable solely out of the special fund or funds established by the authority for their repayment.

    (2) Any bonds issued under this chapter may be secured by a financing document between the authority and the purchasers or owners of such bonds or between the authority and a corporate trustee, which may be any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or without the state.

    (a) The financing document may pledge or assign, in whole or in part, the revenues and funds held or to be received by the authority, any present or future contract or other rights to receive the same, and the proceeds thereof.

    (b) The financing document may contain such provisions for protecting and enforcing the rights, security, and remedies of bondowners as may be reasonable and proper, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, provisions defining defaults and providing for remedies in the event of default which may include the acceleration of maturities, restrictions on the individual rights of action by bondowners, and covenants setting forth duties of and limitations on the authority in conduct of its programs and the management of its property.

    (c) In addition to other security provided in this chapter or otherwise by law, bonds issued by the authority may be secured, in whole or in part, by financial guaranties, by insurance or by letters of credit issued to the authority or a trustee or any other person, by any bank, trust company, insurance or surety company or other financial institution, within or without the state.  The authority may pledge or assign, in whole or in part, the revenues and funds held or to be received by the authority, any present or future contract or other rights to receive the same, and the proceeds thereof, as security for such guaranties or insurance or for the reimbursement by the authority to any issuer of such letter of credit of any payments made under such letter of credit.

    (3) Without limiting the powers of the authority contained in this chapter, in connection with each issue of its obligation bonds, the authority shall create and establish one or more special funds, including, but not limited to debt service and sinking funds, reserve funds, project funds, and such other special funds as the authority deems necessary, useful, or convenient.

    (4) Any security interest created against the unexpended bond proceeds and against the special funds created by the authority shall be immediately valid and binding against the money and any securities in which the money may be invested without authority or trustee possession.  The security interest shall be prior to any party having any competing claim against the moneys or securities, without filing or recording under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, Title 62A RCW, and regardless of whether the party has notice of the security interest.

    (5) The bonds may be issued as serial bonds, term bonds or any other type of bond instrument consistent with the provisions of this chapter.  The bonds shall bear such date or dates; mature at such time or times; bear interest at such rate or rates, either fixed or variable; be payable at such time or times; be in such denominations; be in such form; bear such privileges of transferability, exchangeability, and interchangeability; be subject to such terms of redemption; and be sold at public or private sale, in such manner, at such time or times, and at such price or prices as the authority shall determine.  The bonds shall be executed by the manual or facsimile signatures of the authority's chair and either its secretary or executive director, and may be authenticated by the trustee (if the authority determines to use a trustee) or any registrar which may be designated for the bonds by the authority.

    (6) Bonds may be issued by the authority to refund other outstanding authority bonds, at or prior to maturity of, and to pay any redemption premium on, the outstanding bonds.  Bonds issued for refunding purposes may be combined with bonds issued for the financing or refinancing of new projects.  Pending the application of the proceeds of the refunding bonds to the redemption of the bonds to be redeemed, the authority may enter into an agreement or agreements with a corporate trustee regarding the interim investment of the proceeds and the application of the proceeds and the earnings on the proceeds to the payment of the principal of and interest on, and the redemption of, the bonds to be redeemed.

    (7) The bonds of the authority may be negotiable instruments under Title 62A RCW.

    (8) Neither the members of the authority, nor its employees or agents, nor any person executing the bonds shall be personally liable on the bonds or be subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance of the bonds.

    (9) The authority may purchase its bonds with any of its funds available for the purchase.  The authority may hold, pledge, cancel or resell the bonds subject to and in accordance with agreements with bondowners.

    (10) The authority shall not exceed ((five)) seven hundred fifty million dollars in total outstanding debt at any time.

    (11) The state finance committee shall be notified in advance of the issuance of bonds by the authority in order to promote the orderly offering of obligations in the financial markets.

    (12) The authority may not issue any bonds after June 30, ((2004)) 2006.


    Sec. 3.  RCW 43.163.210 and 1998 c 48 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

    For the purpose of facilitating economic development in the state of Washington and encouraging the employment of Washington workers at meaningful wages:

    (1) The authority may develop and conduct a program or programs to provide nonrecourse revenue bond financing for the project costs for economic development activities.

    (2) The authority may develop and conduct a program that will stimulate and encourage the development of new products within Washington state by the infusion of financial aid for invention and innovation in situations in which the financial aid would not otherwise be reasonably available from commercial sources.  The authority is authorized to provide nonrecourse revenue bond financing for this program.

    (a) For the purposes of this program, the authority shall have the following powers and duties:

    (i) To enter into financing agreements with eligible persons doing business in Washington state, upon terms and on conditions consistent with the purposes of this chapter, for the advancement of financial and other assistance to the persons for the development of specific products, procedures, and techniques, to be developed and produced in this state, and to condition the agreements upon contractual assurances that the benefits of increasing or maintaining employment and tax revenues shall remain in this state and accrue to it;

    (ii) Own, possess, and take license in patents, copyrights, and proprietary processes and negotiate and enter into contracts and establish charges for the use of the patents, copyrights, and proprietary processes when the patents and licenses for products result from assistance provided by the authority;

    (iii) Negotiate royalty payments to the authority on patents and licenses for products arising as a result of assistance provided by the authority;

    (iv) Negotiate and enter into other types of contracts with eligible persons that assure that public benefits will result from the provision of services by the authority; provided that the contracts are consistent with the state Constitution;

    (v) Encourage and provide technical assistance to eligible persons in the process of developing new products;

    (vi) Refer eligible persons to researchers or laboratories for the purpose of testing and evaluating new products, processes, or innovations; and

    (vii) To the extent permitted under its contract with eligible persons, to consent to a termination, modification, forgiveness, or other change of a term of a contractual right, payment, royalty, contract, or agreement of any kind to which the authority is a party.

    (b) Eligible persons seeking financial and other assistance under this program shall forward an application, together with an application fee prescribed by rule, to the authority.  An investigation and report concerning the advisability of approving an application for assistance shall be completed by the staff of the authority.  The investigation and report may include, but is not limited to, facts about the company under consideration as its history, wage standards, job opportunities, stability of employment, past and present financial condition and structure, pro forma income statements, present and future markets and prospects, integrity of management as well as the feasibility of the proposed product and invention to be granted financial aid, including the state of development of the product as well as the likelihood of its commercial feasibility.  After receipt and consideration of the report set out in this subsection and after other action as is deemed appropriate, the application shall be approved or denied by the authority.  The applicant shall be promptly notified of action by the authority.  In making the decision as to approval or denial of an application, priority shall be given to those persons operating or planning to operate businesses of special importance to Washington's economy, including, but not limited to:  (i) Existing resource-based industries of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries; (ii) existing advanced technology industries of electronics, computer and instrument manufacturing, computer software, and information and design; and (iii) emerging industries such as environmental technology, biotechnology, biomedical sciences, materials sciences, and optics.

    (3) The authority may also develop and implement, if authorized by the legislature, such other economic development financing programs adopted in future general plans of economic development finance objectives developed under RCW 43.163.090.

    (4) The authority may not issue any bonds for the programs authorized under this section after June 30, ((2004)) 2006.


    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 immediately.


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