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                         SENATE BILL 6391



State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senators Benton, Fairley, Finkbeiner, Hewitt, Hochstatter, Morton, Swecker, Stevens, Roach, Rossi, Honeyford, Johnson and Kline


Read first time 01/16/2002.  Referred to Committee on Natural Resources, Parks & Shorelines.

Removing the requirement that an applicant for a recreational license provide their social security number.

    AN ACT Relating to personal privacy for hunters and fishers; amending RCW 26.23.150; creating a new section; and declaring an emergency.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The legislature finds that it is critical  for the state to protect every citizen of the state from fraud and invasion of privacy.  The legislature further finds that fishing and hunting activities are family friendly activities and must not be hindered.

    The legislature therefore declares that applicants for fishing or hunting licenses from the state of Washington are not required to provide social security numbers to the state.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 26.23.150 and 1999 c 138 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

    In order to assist in child support enforcement as required by federal law, all applicants for an original, replacement, or renewal of a professional license, commercial driver's license, or occupational license((, or recreational license)) must furnish the licensing agency with the applicant's social security number, which shall be recorded on the application.  No applicant for an original, replacement, or renewal noncommercial driver's license is required to furnish the licensing agency with the applicant's social security number for purposes of assisting in child support enforcement prior to the time necessary to comply with the federal deadline.  The licensing agencies collecting social security numbers shall not display the social security number on the license document.  Social security numbers collected by licensing agencies shall not be disclosed except as required by state or federal law or under RCW 26.23.120.


    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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