ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 1530





                        57th Legislature

                2001 Regular Legislative Session


Passed by the House March 9, 2001

  Yeas 95   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives




Speaker of the House of Representatives





Passed by the Senate April 9, 2001

  Yeas 47   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 ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 1530  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



                     ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 1530



             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Representatives Lantz and Carrell


Read first time 01/29/2001.  Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

Providing for the appointment of an agent to receive claims against local government entities.  

    AN ACT Relating to serving claims against local governmental entities for tortious conduct; and amending RCW 4.96.010 and 4.96.020.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 4.96.010 and 1993 c 449 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) All local governmental entities, whether acting in a governmental or proprietary capacity, shall be liable for damages arising out of their tortious conduct, or the tortious conduct of their past or present officers, employees, or volunteers while performing or in good faith purporting to perform their official duties, to the same extent as if they were a private person or corporation.  Filing a claim for damages within the time allowed by law shall be a condition precedent to the commencement of any action claiming damages.  The laws specifying the content for such claims shall be liberally construed so that substantial compliance therewith will be deemed satisfactory.

    (2) Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, for the purposes of this chapter, "local governmental entity" means a county, city, town, special district, municipal corporation as defined in RCW 39.50.010, ((or)) quasi-municipal corporation, or public hospital.

    (3) For the purposes of this chapter, "volunteer" is defined according to RCW 51.12.035.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 4.96.020 and 1993 c 449 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) The provisions of this section apply to claims for damages against all local governmental entities.

    (2) The governing body of each local government entity shall appoint an agent to receive any claim for damages made under this chapter.  The identity of the agent and the address where he or she may be reached during the normal business hours of the local governmental entity are public records and shall be recorded with the auditor of the county in which the entity is located.  All claims for damages against ((any such)) a local governmental entity ((for damages)) shall be presented to ((and filed with the governing body thereof)) the agent within the applicable period of limitations within which an action must be commenced.

    (3) All claims for damages arising out of tortious conduct must locate and describe the conduct and circumstances which brought about the injury or damage, describe the injury or damage, state the time and place the injury or damage occurred, state the names of all persons involved, if known, and shall contain the amount of damages claimed, together with a statement of the actual residence of the claimant at the time of presenting and filing the claim and for a period of six months immediately prior to the time the claim arose.  If the claimant is incapacitated from verifying, presenting, and filing the claim in the time prescribed or if the claimant is a minor, or is a nonresident of the state absent therefrom during the time within which the claim is required to be filed, the claim may be verified, presented, and filed on behalf of the claimant by any relative, attorney, or agent representing the claimant.

    (4) No action shall be commenced against any local governmental entity for damages arising out of tortious conduct until sixty days have elapsed after the claim has first been presented to and filed with the governing body thereof.  The applicable period of limitations within which an action must be commenced shall be tolled during the sixty-day period.


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