SENATE BILL 6740





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the Senate February 18, 2002

  YEAS 47   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House March 5, 2002

  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 6740 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives









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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                         SENATE BILL 6740



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senators Rasmussen, Swecker, Shin and Parlette


Read first time 01/30/2002.  Referred to Committee on Agriculture & International Trade.

Authorizing irrigation districts to accept various methods of payment.

    AN ACT Relating to irrigation districts' acceptance of methods of payment; and adding a new section to chapter 87.03 RCW.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 87.03 RCW to read as follows:

    Irrigation districts that have designated their own treasurers as provided in RCW 87.03.440 may accept credit cards, charge cards, debit cards, smart cards, stored value cards, federal wire, and automatic clearinghouse system transactions, or other electronic communication, for any payment of any kind including, but not limited to, assessments, fines, interest, penalties, special assessments, fees, rates, tolls and charges, or moneys due irrigation districts.  A payer desiring to pay by a credit card, charge card, debit card, smart card, stored value card, federal wire, automatic clearinghouse system, or other electronic communication shall bear the cost of processing the transaction in an amount determined by the treasurer, unless the board of directors finds that it is in the best interests of the district to not charge transaction processing costs for all payment transactions made for a specific category of nonassessment payments due the district, including, but not limited to, fines, interest not associated with assessments, penalties not associated with assessments, special assessments, fees, rates, tolls, and charges.  The treasurer's cost determination shall be based upon costs incurred by the treasurer and may not, in any event, exceed the additional direct costs incurred by the district to accept the specific form of payment used by the payer.


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