SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5509





                        57th Legislature

                      2001 Regular Session

Passed by the Senate March 10, 2001

  YEAS 48   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House April 10, 2001

  YEAS 94   NAYS 0



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5509 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



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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5509



             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Higher Education (originally sponsored by Senators Kohl‑Welles, Hochstatter, Shin, Kline, Hargrove, Horn, Fairley, Sheahan, B. Sheldon, Prentice, McAuliffe, Roach and Costa)


READ FIRST TIME 03/05/2001.

Requiring institutions of higher education to use personal identifiers that are not social security numbers.    

    AN ACT Relating to identification of students, staff, and faculty at institutions of higher education; adding a new section to chapter 28B.10 RCW; creating new sections; and providing an effective date.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The legislature finds that the occurrences of identity theft are increasing.  The legislature also finds that widespread use of the federally issued social security numbers has made identity theft more likely to occur.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 28B.10 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) Institutions of higher education shall not use the social security number of any student, staff, or faculty for identification except for the purposes of employment, financial aid, research, assessment, accountability, transcripts, or as otherwise required by state or federal law.

    (2) Each institution of higher education shall develop a system of personal identifiers for students to be used for grading and other administrative purposes.  The personal identifiers may not be social security numbers.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  The institutions of higher education, in conjunction with the higher education coordinating board and the state board for community and technical colleges, shall submit a report to the legislature by December 1, 2001, outlining the institution's personal identifier system.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  Each institution of higher education shall use its own existing budgetary funds to develop the system for personal identifiers.  No new state funds shall be allocated for this purpose.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.  Section 2 of this act takes effect July 1, 2002.


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