HOUSE BILL 2450





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the House February 12, 2002

  Yeas 96   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives







Passed by the Senate March 2, 2002

  Yeas 44   Nays 0



I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 2450  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk






President of the Senate




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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                          HOUSE BILL 2450



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By Representatives Hatfield, Dunshee, DeBolt, Jarrett and Anderson


Read first time 01/17/2002.  Referred to Committee on Local Government & Housing.

Updating the Washington trade center act to authorize electronic commerce activities.

    AN ACT Relating to the trade center act; amending RCW 53.29.010, 53.29.020, and 53.29.030; and adding a new section to chapter 53.29 RCW.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 53.29.010 and 1989 c 425 s 5 are each amended to read as follows:

    It is declared to be the finding of the legislature of the state of Washington that:

    (1) The servicing functions and activities connected with the oceanborne and overseas airborne trade and commerce of port districts, including customs clearance, shipping negotiations, cargo routing, freight forwarding, financing, insurance arrangements and other similar transactions which are presently performed in various, scattered physical and electronic locations in the districts should be centralized to provide for more efficient and economical transportation of persons and more efficient and economical physical or electronic facilities and services for the exchange and buying, selling and transportation of commodities and other property in world trade and commerce;

    (2) Unification, at a single, centrally located physical or electronic site of a facility of commerce, i.e., a trade center, accommodating the functions and activities described in subsection (1) of this section and the appropriate governmental, administrative and other services connected with or incidental to transportation and security of persons and property and the promotion and protection of port commerce, and providing a central locale for exhibiting, and otherwise promoting the exchange and buying and selling of commodities and property in world trade and commerce, will materially assist in preserving the material and other benefits of a prosperous port community;

    (3) The undertaking of the aforesaid unified trade center project by a port district or the Washington public ports association has the single object of preserving, and will aid in the promotion, security, and preservation of, the economic well-being of port districts and the state of Washington and is found and determined to be a public purpose.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 53.29.020 and 1989 c 425 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

    In addition to all other powers granted to port districts, any such district, the Washington public ports association, or the federation of Washington ports as described in RCW 53.06.070 may acquire, as provided for other port properties in RCW 53.08.010, construct, develop, operate and maintain all land or other property interests, buildings, structures or other improvements, and may participate in transactions necessary to provide, electronically or otherwise, facilities or to exercise powers or purposes of a trade center including but not limited to the following electronic or physical facilities:

    (1) A facility consisting of one or more structures, improvements and areas for the centralized accommodation of public and private agencies, persons and facilities in order to afford improved service to waterborne and airborne import and export trade and commerce;

    (2) Facilities for the promotion of such import and export trade and commerce, inspection, testing, display and appraisal facilities, foreign trade zones, terminal and transportation facilities, office meeting rooms, auditoriums, libraries, language translation services, storage, warehouse, marketing and exhibition facilities, facilities for federal, state, county and other municipal and governmental agencies providing services relating to the foregoing and including, but not being limited to, customs houses and customs stores, and other incidental facilities and accommodations.


    Sec. 3.  RCW 53.29.030 and 1989 c 425 s 7 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) In carrying out the powers authorized by this chapter and chapter 53.06 RCW, port districts and the Washington public ports association are authorized to cooperate ((and)), act, and invest jointly with other public and private agencies and persons, including, but not limited to, the federal government, the state, other ports and municipal corporations, other states and their political subdivisions, and private nonprofit trade promotion groups and associate development organizations.

    (2) Port districts operating trade center buildings or operating association or federation trade centers, shall pay an annual service fee to the county treasurer wherein the center is located for municipal services rendered to the trade center building.  The measure of such service fee shall be equal to three percent of the gross rentals received from the nongovernmental tenants of such trade center building.  Such proceeds shall be distributed by the county treasurer as follows:  Forty percent to the school district, forty percent to the city, and twenty percent to the county wherein the center is located:  PROVIDED, That if the center is located in an unincorporated area, twenty percent shall be allocated to the fire district, forty percent to the school district, and forty percent to the county.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  A new section is added to chapter 53.29 RCW to read as follows:

    The definitions in this section apply throughout RCW 53.29.020 and 53.29.030 unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

    (1) "Person" has the same meaning as defined in the electronic signatures in global and national commerce act (15 U.S.C. Sec. 7006 (8)) in effect on the effective date of this section.

    (2) "Transaction" has the same meaning as defined in the electronic signatures in global and national commerce act (15 U.S.C. Sec. 7006 (13)) in effect on the effective date of this section.  However, "transaction" also includes actions relating to governmental affairs.


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