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                         SENATE BILL 6256



State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senators Jacobsen, Oke and Rasmussen; by request of Department of Natural Resources


Read first time 01/14/2002.  Referred to Committee on Natural Resources, Parks & Shorelines.

Streamlining the process of selling valuable materials from state lands.

    AN ACT Relating to the sale of valuable materials from state lands; and amending RCW 79.01.184.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 79.01.184 and 2001 c 250 s 6 are each amended to read as follows:

    When the department of natural resources shall have decided to sell any state lands or valuable materials thereon, or with the consent of the board of regents of the University of Washington, or by legislative directive, shall have decided to sell any lot, block, tract, or tracts of university lands, or the valuable materials thereon, it shall be the duty of the department to fix the date, place, and time of sale, and no sale shall be had on any day which is a legal holiday.

    The department shall ((give)) provide notice of the sale by advertisement published not less than two times during a four-week period prior to the time of sale in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the ((whole, or any part of any lot, block, or tract of)) land ((to be sold,)) or ((the)) valuable material ((upon which is)) to be sold is situated((, and by posting)).  The department of natural resources must post a copy of the notice in a conspicuous place in the department's Olympia office, the region headquarters administering such sale, and in the office of the county auditor of such county.  The notice shall specify the place, date, and time of sale, the appraised value thereof, ((and describe with particularity)) the location of each parcel of land to be sold, or from which valuable materials are to be sold((.  In the case of valuable materials sales, the estimated volume will be identified and the terms of sale will be available in the region headquarters and the department's Olympia office)), and describe where additional information regarding the sale can be obtained.

    Prior to selling valuable materials, the department of natural resources must widely advertise during a four-week period.  The advertisement must specify the place, date, and time of sale, the minimum bid, and the estimated volume.  The terms of sale must also be made available in the region headquarters and the department's Olympia office.  The commissioner of public lands may use any means of advertising available to reach as many prospective interested parties as possible.

     The advertisement is for informational purposes only, and under no circumstances does the information in the notice of sale constitute a warranty that the purchaser will receive the stated values, volumes, or acreage.  All purchasers are expected to make their own measurements, evaluations, and appraisals.

    A direct sale of valuable materials may be sold to the applicant for cash at full appraised value without notice or advertising.  The board of natural resources shall, by resolution, establish the value amount of a direct sale not to exceed twenty thousand dollars in appraised sale value, and establish procedures to ensure that competitive market prices and accountability will be guaranteed.


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