|Passed by the House April 22, 2003|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 16, 2003
President of the Senate
I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1003 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||58th Legislature||2003 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 3/10/03.
AN ACT Relating to investing in technology and biotechnical research and technology transfer; amending RCW 28B.20.285 and 28B.20.289; reenacting and amending RCW 43.79A.040; and adding a new chapter to Title 70 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 It is the intent of the legislature to
promote growth in the technology sectors of our state's economy and to
particularly focus support on the creation and commercialization of
intellectual property in the technology, energy, and telecommunications
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 The definitions in this section apply
throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) "Center" means the Washington technology center established under RCW 28B.20.283 through 28B.20.295.
(2) "Board" means the board of directors for the center.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3 The investing in innovation account is
created in the custody of the state treasurer. Expenditures from the
account may be used only for grants awarded by the center and for
administering the grant award program. Only the executive director of
the Washington technology center or the director's designee may
authorize expenditures from the account. The account is subject to
allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW, but an appropriation is
not required for expenditures.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4 (1) The investing in innovation grants
program is established.
(2) The center shall periodically make strategic assessments of the types of state investments in research and technology in this state that would likely create jobs and business opportunities and produce the most beneficial long-term improvements to the lives and health of the citizens of the state. The assessments shall be available to the public and shall be used to guide decisions on awarding grants under this chapter.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5 The board shall:
(1) Develop criteria for the awarding of grants to qualifying universities, institutions, businesses, or individuals;
(2) Make decisions regarding distribution of grant funds and make grant awards; and
(3) In making grant awards, seek to provide a balance between research grant awards and commercialization grant awards.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6 (1) The board may accept grant proposals and
establish a competitive process for the awarding of grants.
(2) The board shall establish a peer review committee to include board members, scientists, engineers, and individuals with specific recognized expertise. The peer review committee shall provide to the board an independent peer review of all proposals determined to be competitive for a grant award that are submitted to the board.
(3) In the awarding of grants, priority shall be given to proposals that leverage additional private and public funding resources.
(4) Up to fifty percent of available funds from the investing in innovation account may be used to support commercialization opportunities for research in Washington state through an organization with commercialization expertise such as the Spokane intercollegiate research and technology institute.
(5) The center may not be a direct recipient of grant awards under this act.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 7 The board shall establish performance
benchmarks against which the program will be evaluated. The grants
program shall be reviewed periodically by the board. The board shall
report annually to the appropriate standing committees of the
legislature on grants awarded and as appropriate on program reviews
conducted by the board.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 8 (1) The center shall administer the
investing in innovation grants program.
(2) Not more than one percent of the available funds from the investing in innovation account may be used for administrative costs of the program.
Sec. 9 RCW 43.79A.040 and 2002 c 322 s 5, 2002 c 204 s 7, and
2002 c 61 s 6 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:
(1) Money in the treasurer's trust fund may be deposited, invested, and reinvested by the state treasurer in accordance with RCW 43.84.080 in the same manner and to the same extent as if the money were in the state treasury.
(2) All income received from investment of the treasurer's trust fund shall be set aside in an account in the treasury trust fund to be known as the investment income account.
(3) The investment income account may be utilized for the payment of purchased banking services on behalf of treasurer's trust funds including, but not limited to, depository, safekeeping, and disbursement functions for the state treasurer or affected state agencies. The investment income account is subject in all respects to chapter 43.88 RCW, but no appropriation is required for payments to financial institutions. Payments shall occur prior to distribution of earnings set forth in subsection (4) of this section.
(4)(a) Monthly, the state treasurer shall distribute the earnings credited to the investment income account to the state general fund except under (b) and (c) of this subsection.
(b) The following accounts and funds shall receive their proportionate share of earnings based upon each account's or fund's average daily balance for the period: The Washington promise scholarship account, the college savings program account, the Washington advanced college tuition payment program account, the agricultural local fund, the American Indian scholarship endowment fund, the basic health plan self-insurance reserve account, the Washington state combined fund drive account, the Washington international exchange scholarship endowment fund, the developmental disabilities endowment trust fund, the energy account, the fair fund, the fruit and vegetable inspection account, the game farm alternative account, the grain inspection revolving fund, the juvenile accountability incentive account, the rural rehabilitation account, the stadium and exhibition center account, the youth athletic facility account, the self-insurance revolving fund, the sulfur dioxide abatement account, ((
and)) the children's trust fund, and the investing
in innovation account. However, the earnings to be distributed shall
first be reduced by the allocation to the state treasurer's service
fund pursuant to RCW 43.08.190.
(c) The following accounts and funds shall receive eighty percent of their proportionate share of earnings based upon each account's or fund's average daily balance for the period: The advanced right of way revolving fund, the advanced environmental mitigation revolving account, the city and county advance right-of-way revolving fund, the federal narcotics asset forfeitures account, the high occupancy vehicle account, the local rail service assistance account, and the miscellaneous transportation programs account.
(5) In conformance with Article II, section 37 of the state Constitution, no trust accounts or funds shall be allocated earnings without the specific affirmative directive of this section.
Sec. 10 RCW 28B.20.285 and 1992 c 142 s 3 are each amended to
read as follows:
A Washington technology center is created to be a collaborative effort between the state's universities, private industry, and government. The technology center shall be headquartered at the University of Washington. The mission of the technology center shall be to perform and commercialize research on a statewide basis that benefits the intermediate and long-term economic vitality of the state of Washington, and to develop and strengthen university-industry relationships through the conduct of research that is primarily of interest to Washington-based companies or state economic development programs. The technology center shall:
(1) Perform and/
(2) Provide leading edge collaborative research and technology transfer opportunities primarily to state industries;
(3) Provide substantial opportunities for training undergraduate and graduate students through direct involvement in research and industry interactions;
(4) Emphasize and develop nonstate support of the technology center's research activities; ((
(5) Administer the investing in innovation grants program; and
(6) Provide a forum for effective interaction between the state's technology-based industries and its academic research institutions through promotion of faculty collaboration with industry, particularly within the state.
Sec. 11 RCW 28B.20.289 and 1995 c 399 s 26 are each amended to
read as follows:
(1) The technology center shall be administered by the board of directors of the technology center.
(2) The board shall consist of the following members: Fourteen members from among individuals who are associated with or employed by technology-based industries and have broad business experience and an understanding of high technology; eight members from the state's universities with graduate science and engineering programs; the executive director of the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute or his or her designated representative; the provost of the University of Washington or his or her designated representative; the provost of the Washington State University or his or her designated representative; and the director of the department of community, trade, and economic development or his or her designated representative. The term of office for each board member, excluding the executive director of the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, the provost of the University of Washington, the provost of the Washington State University, and the director of the department of community, trade, and economic development, shall be three years. The executive director of the technology center shall be an ex officio, nonvoting member of the board. The board shall meet at least quarterly. Board members shall be appointed by the governor based on the recommendations of the existing board of the technology center, and the research universities. The governor shall stagger the terms of the first group of appointees to ensure the long term continuity of the board.
(3) The duties of the board include:
(a) Developing the general operating policies for the technology center;
(b) Appointing the executive director of the technology center;
(c) Approving the annual operating budget of the technology center;
(d) Establishing priorities for the selection and funding of research projects that guarantee the greatest potential return on the state's investment;
(e) Approving and allocating funding for research projects conducted by the technology center, based on the recommendations of the advisory committees for each of the research centers;
(f) In cooperation with the department of community, trade, and economic development, developing a biennial work plan and five-year strategic plan for the technology center that are consistent with the statewide technology development and commercialization goals;
(g) Coordinating with the University of Washington, Washington State University, and other participating institutions of higher education in the development of training, research, and development programs to be conducted at the technology center that shall be targeted to meet industrial needs;
(h) Assisting the department of community, trade, and economic development in the department's efforts to develop state science and technology public policies and coordinate publicly funded programs;
(i) Performing the duties required under chapter 70.-- RCW (sections 1 through 8 of this act) relating to the investing in innovation grants program;
(j) Reviewing annual progress reports on funded research projects that are prepared by the advisory committees for each of the research centers;
(j))) (k) Providing an annual report to the governor and the
legislature detailing the activities and performance of the technology
(k))) (l) Submitting annually to the department of community,
trade, and economic development an updated strategic plan and a
statement of performance measured against the mission, roles, and
contractual obligations of the technology center.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 12 Sections 1 through 8 of this act constitute
a new chapter in Title 70 RCW.