CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
SENATE BILL 5057
2001 Regular Session
Passed by the Senate March 7, 2001
YEAS 48 NAYS 0
President of the Senate
Passed by the House April 5, 2001
YEAS 97 NAYS 0
I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SENATE BILL 5057 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Speaker of the
House of Representatives
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
SENATE BILL 5057
Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2001 Regular Session
By Senators Gardner, Hale, Haugen, Horn, Spanel, Patterson, Costa, Kline and McCaslin
Read first time 01/10/2001. Referred to Committee on State & Local Government.
AN ACT Relating to cities and towns changing plans of government; amending RCW 35A.06.030, 35A.06.060, and 35A.08.030; and reenacting and amending RCW 35A.01.070.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 35A.01.070 and 1994 c 223 s 24 and 1994 c 81 s 66 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:
Where used in this title with reference to procedures established by this title in regard to a change of plan or classification of government, unless a different meaning is plainly required by the context:
(1) "Classify" means a change from a city of the first or second class, an unclassified city, or a town, to a code city.
(2) "Classification" means either that portion of the general law under which a city or a town operates under Title 35 RCW as a first or second class city, unclassified city, or town, or otherwise as a code city.
(3) "Organize" means to provide for officers after becoming a code city, under the same general plan of government under which the city operated prior to becoming a code city, pursuant to RCW 35A.02.055.
(4) "Organization" means the general plan of government under which a city operates.
(5) "Plan of government" means a mayor-council form of government under chapter 35A.12 RCW, council-manager form of government under chapter 35A.13 RCW, or a mayor-council, council-manager, or commission form of government in general that is retained by a noncharter code city as provided in RCW 35A.02.130, without regard to variations in the number of elective offices or whether officers are elective or appointive.
(6) "Reclassify" means changing from a code city to the classification, if any, held by such a city immediately prior to becoming a code city.
(7) "Reclassification" means changing from city or town operating under Title 35 RCW to a city operating under Title 35A RCW, or vice versa; a change in classification.
"Reorganize" means changing the plan of government under which a city
or town operates to a different general plan of government((
, for which an
election of new officers under RCW 35A.02.050 is required)). A city or town
shall not be deemed to have reorganized simply by increasing or decreasing the
number of members of its legislative body.
(9) "Reorganization" means a change in general plan of
where an election of all new officers is required in order to accomplish
this change)) under which a city operates, but an increase or
decrease in the number of members of its legislative body shall not be deemed
to constitute a reorganization.
Sec. 2. RCW 35A.06.030 and 1994 c 223 s 28 are each amended to read as follows:
By use of the resolution for election or petition for election methods described in RCW 35A.06.040, any noncharter code city which has operated for more than six consecutive years under one of the optional plans of government authorized by this title, or for more than a combined total of six consecutive years under a particular plan of government both as a code city and under the same general plan under Title 35 RCW immediately prior to becoming a code city, may abandon such organization and may reorganize and adopt another plan of government authorized for noncharter code cities, but only after having been a noncharter code city for more than one year or a city after operating for more than six consecutive years under a particular plan of government as a noncharter code city: PROVIDED, That these limitations shall not apply to a city seeking to adopt a charter.
In reorganization under a different general plan of government as a
noncharter code city, officers shall ((
all be elected as provided in RCW
35A.02.050)) serve the remainder of their terms. If a city with a
mayor-council plan of government is reorganized with a council-manager plan of
government, the mayor shall serve as a councilmember for the remainder of his
or her term. If a city with a council-manager plan of government is
reorganized with a mayor-council plan of government, the mayor shall be elected
as provided in RCW 35A.02.050. When a noncharter code city adopts a plan
of government other than those authorized under Title 35A RCW, such city ceases
to be governed under this optional municipal code (( and)), shall
be classified as a city or town of the class selected in the proceeding for
adoption of such new plan, with the powers granted to such class under the
general law, and shall elect officers as provided in RCW 35A.02.050.
Sec. 3. RCW 35A.06.060 and 1979 ex.s. c 18 s 16 are each amended to read as follows:
If a majority of votes cast at the election favor abandonment of
the general plan of government under which the noncharter code city is then
organized and reorganization under the different general plan proposed in the
resolution or petition, the officers to be elected shall be those prescribed by
the plan of government so adopted, and they shall be elected as provided in RCW
35A.02.050)) 35A.06.030. If the city is (( to remain a
noncharter code city, or if the city is abandoning optional municipal code
status, they)) adopting a plan of government other than those authorized
under this title, the officers shall be elected at the next succeeding
general municipal election. Upon the election, qualification, and assumption
of office by such officers the reorganization of the government of such
municipality shall be complete and such municipality shall thereafter be
governed under such plan. If the plan so adopted is not a plan authorized for
noncharter code cities, upon the election, qualification, and assumption of
office by such officers the municipality shall cease to be a noncharter code
city governed under the provisions of this optional municipal code and shall
revert to the classification selected and shall be governed by the general laws
relating to municipalities of such class with the powers conferred by law upon
municipalities of such class. Such change of classification shall not affect
the then existing property rights or liabilities of the municipal corporation.
Sec. 4. RCW 35A.08.030 and 1967 ex.s. c 119 s 35A.08.030 are each amended to read as follows:
The legislative body of any city having ten thousand or more inhabitants may, by resolution, provide for submission to the voters of the question whether the city shall become a charter code city and be governed in accordance with a charter to be adopted by the voters under the provisions of this title. The legislative body must provide for such an election upon receipt of a sufficient petition therefor signed by qualified electors in number equal to not less than ten percent of the votes cast at the last general municipal election therein. The question may be submitted to the voters at the next general municipal election if one is to be held within one hundred and eighty days or at a special election held for that purpose not less than ninety nor more than one hundred and eighty days after the passage of the resolution or the filing of the certificate of sufficiency of the petition. At such election provision shall also be made for the election of fifteen freeholders who, upon a favorable vote on the question, shall constitute the charter commission charged with the duty of framing a charter for submission to the voters. If the vote in favor of adopting a charter receives forty percent or less of the total vote on the question of charter adoption, no new election on the question of charter adoption may be held for a period of two years from the date of the election in which the charter proposal failed.
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