57th Legislature

                2001 Regular Legislative Session


Passed by the House April 17, 2001

  Yeas 92   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives




Speaker of the House of Representatives





Passed by the Senate April 12, 2001

  Yeas 45   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 SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1655  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






                     AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By House Committee on Natural Resources (originally sponsored by Representatives Sump, Doumit, Pearson, Rockefeller and Clements)


Read first time .  Referred to Committee on .

Appointing a fish and wildlife advisory committee composed of disabled persons.  

    AN ACT Relating to the creation of an advisory committee to the fish and wildlife commission composed of disabled individuals; and adding a new section to chapter 77.04 RCW.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 77.04 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) The commission must appoint an advisory committee to generally represent the interests of disabled hunters and fishers on matters including, but not limited to, special hunts, modified sporting equipment, access to public land, and hunting and fishing opportunities.  The advisory committee is composed of seven members, each being a person with a disability.  The advisory committee members must represent the entire state.  The members must be appointed so that each of the six department administrative regions, as they existed on January 1, 2001, are represented with one resident on the advisory committee.  One additional member must be appointed at large.  The chair of the advisory committee must be a member of the advisory committee and shall be selected by the members of the advisory committee.

    (2) For the purposes of this section, a person with a disability includes but is not limited to:

    (a) A permanently disabled person who is not ambulatory over natural terrain without a prosthesis or assistive device;

    (b) A permanently disabled person who is unable to walk without the use of assistance from a brace, cane, crutch, wheelchair, scooter, walker, or other assistive device;

    (c) A person who has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are severe;

    (d) A person who is restricted by lung disease to the extent that the person's functional limitations are severe;

    (e) A person who is totally blind or visually impaired; or

    (f) A permanently disabled person with upper or lower extremity impairments who does not have the use of one or both upper or lower extremities.

    (3) The members of the advisory committee are appointed for a four-year term.  If a vacancy occurs on the advisory committee prior to the expiration of a term, the commission must appoint a replacement within sixty days to complete the term.

    (4) The advisory committee must meet at least semi-annually, and may meet at other times as requested by a majority of the advisory committee members for any express purpose that directly relates to the duties set forth in subsection (1) of this section.  A majority of members currently serving on the advisory committee constitutes a quorum.  The department must provide staff support for all official advisory committee meetings.

    (5) Each member of the advisory committee shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for travel expenses as authorized in RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.

    (6) The members of the advisory committee, or individuals acting on their behalf, are immune from civil liability for official acts performed in the course of their duties.

    (7) The provisions of this section constitute a pilot program that expires July 1, 2005.  On December 1, 2004, the commission shall present a report to the appropriate legislative committees detailing the effectiveness of the advisory committee, including but not limited to, the participation levels, general interest, quality of advice, and recommendations as to the advisory committee's continuance or modification.


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