HOUSE BILL 2657





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the House March 11, 2002

  Yeas 94   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives







Passed by the Senate March 8, 2002

  Yeas 45   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 2657  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



                          HOUSE BILL 2657



                     AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE


             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By Representatives Hunt, Armstrong, Linville, Schoesler, O'Brien, Holmquist, Chase, Roach, Ogden, Clements, Cox, Mulliken, Barlean, Sehlin, Conway and Rockefeller


Read first time 01/23/2002.  Referred to Committee on State Government.

Requiring the purchase of Washington grown commodities for state institutions. 

    AN ACT Relating to agricultural products purchased for state institutions and state-supported facilities; adding a new section to chapter 43.19 RCW; creating a new section; and declaring an emergency.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The legislature finds that state-produced agricultural products are of the highest quality, transported the least distance, and are the freshest agricultural products available in Washington state.  The legislature further finds that providing improved markets for the richly diversified agricultural commodities produced in Washington is needed to stabilize and enhance the rural and agricultural economies in Washington.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 43.19 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) The department of general administration, through the state purchasing and material control director, shall encourage each state and local agency doing business with the department to purchase Washington fruit, vegetables, and agricultural products when available.

    (2) The department of general administration shall work with the department of agriculture and other interested parties to identify and recommend strategies to increase public purchasing of Washington fruit, vegetables, and agricultural products, and report back orally to the appropriate committees of the legislature in September 2002, and in January 2003.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  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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