ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 2288





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the House February 8, 2002

  Yeas 97   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives







Passed by the Senate March 2, 2002

  Yeas 47   Nays 0



I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 2288 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          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 2288



State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By Representatives Fisher, Mitchell, Rockefeller, Wood and Esser; by request of Department of Transportation


Read first time 01/14/2002.  Referred to Committee on Transportation.

Facilitating perpetual management of environmental mitigation sites.  

    AN ACT Relating to environmental mitigation sites; and adding a new section to chapter 47.12 RCW.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 47.12 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) The department may enter into exchange agreements with local, state, or federal agencies, tribal governments, or private nonprofit groups incorporated in this state that are organized for environmental conservation purposes, to convey properties under the jurisdiction of the department that serve as environmental mitigation sites, as full or part consideration for the grantee assuming all future maintenance and operation obligations and costs required to maintain and operate the environmental mitigation site in perpetuity.

    (2) Tribal governments shall only be eligible to participate in an exchange agreement if they:

    (a) Provide the department with a valid waiver of their tribal sovereign immunity from suit.  The waiver must allow the department to enforce the terms of the exchange agreement or quitclaim deed in state court; and

    (b) Agree that the property shall not be placed into trust status.

    (3) The conveyances must be by quitclaim deed executed by the secretary of transportation, and must expressly restrict the use of the property to a mitigation site consistent with preservation of the functions and values of the site, and must provide for the automatic reversion to the department if the property is not used as a mitigation site or is not maintained in a manner that complies with applicable permits, laws, and regulations pertaining to the maintenance and operation of the mitigation site.


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