|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 1973 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 03/10/03.
AN ACT Relating to promoting tourism; amending RCW 43.330.090, 43.330.094, and 42.52.150; adding a new section to chapter 77.12 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 42.52 RCW; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 The legislature finds that tourism is a
growing sector of the Washington economy. Washington has a diverse
geography, geology, climate, and natural resources, and offers abundant
opportunities for wildlife viewing. Nature-based tourism is the
fastest growing outdoor activity and segment of the travel industry and
the state can take advantage of this by marketing Washington's natural
assets to international as well as national tourist markets. Expanding
tourism efforts can provide Washington residents with jobs and local
communities with needed revenues.
The legislature also finds that current efforts to promote Washington's natural resources and nature-based tourism to national and international markets are too diffuse and limited by funding and that a collaborative effort among state and local governments, tribes, and private enterprises can serve to leverage the investments in nature-based tourism made by each.
Sec. 2 RCW 43.330.090 and 1998 c 245 s 85 are each amended to
read as follows:
(1) The department shall work with private sector organizations, local governments, local ((
economic)) associate development
organizations, and higher education and training institutions to assist
in the development of strategies to diversify the economy, facilitate
technology transfer and diffusion, and increase value-added production
by focusing on targeted sectors. The targeted sectors may include, but
are not limited to, software, forest products, biotechnology,
environmental industries, recycling markets and waste reduction,
aerospace, food processing, tourism, film and video, microelectronics,
new materials, robotics, and machine tools. The department shall, on
a continuing basis, evaluate the potential return to the state from
devoting additional resources to a targeted sector's approach to
economic development and including additional sectors in its efforts.
The department shall use information gathered in each service delivery
region in formulating its sectoral strategies and in designating new
(2) The department shall ((
ensure that the state continues to))
pursue a coordinated program to expand the tourism industry throughout
the state in cooperation with the public and private tourism
development organizations. (( The department shall work to provide a
balance of tourism activities throughout the state and during different
seasons of the year. In addition,)) The department, in operating its
tourism program, shall:
(a) Promote Washington as a tourism destination to national and international markets to include nature-based and wildlife viewing tourism;
(b) Provide information to businesses and local communities on tourism opportunities that could expand local revenues;
(c) Assist local communities to strengthen their tourism partnerships, including their relationships with state and local agencies;
(d) Provide leadership training and assistance to local communities to facilitate the development and implementation of local tourism plans;
(e) Coordinate the development of a statewide tourism and marketing plan. The department's tourism planning efforts shall be carried out in conjunction with public and private tourism development organizations including the department of fish and wildlife and other appropriate agencies. The plan shall specifically address mechanisms for: (i) Funding national and international marketing and nature-based tourism efforts; (ii) interagency cooperation; and (iii) integrating the state plan with local tourism plans.
(3) The department may, in carrying out its efforts to expand the tourism industry in the state:
(a) Solicit and receive gifts, grants, funds, fees, and endowments, in trust or otherwise, from tribal, local or other governmental entities, as well as private sources, and may expend the same or any income therefrom for tourism purposes. All revenue received for tourism purposes shall be deposited into the tourism development and promotion account created in RCW 43.330.094;
(b) Host conferences and strategic planning workshops relating to the promotion of nature-based and wildlife viewing tourism;
(c) Conduct or contract for tourism-related studies;
(d) Contract with individuals, businesses, or public entities to carry out its tourism-related activities under this section;
(e) Provide tourism-related organizations with marketing and other technical assistance;
(f) Evaluate and make recommendations on proposed tourism-related policies.
(4) The department shall promote, market, and encourage growth in the production of films and videos, as well as television commercials within the state; to this end the department is directed to assist in the location of a film and video production studio within the state.
(3))) (5) In assisting in the development of a targeted sector,
the department's activities may include, but are not limited to:
(a) Conducting focus group discussions, facilitating meetings, and conducting studies to identify members of the sector, appraise the current state of the sector, and identify issues of common concern within the sector;
(b) Supporting the formation of industry associations, publications of association directories, and related efforts to create or expand the activities or industry associations;
(c) Assisting in the formation of flexible networks by providing (i) agency employees or private sector consultants trained to act as flexible network brokers and (ii) funding for potential flexible network participants for the purpose of organizing or implementing a flexible network;
(d) Helping establish research consortia;
(e) Facilitating joint training and education programs;
(f) Promoting cooperative market development activities;
(g) Analyzing the need, feasibility, and cost of establishing product certification and testing facilities and services; and
(h) Providing for methods of electronic communication and information dissemination among firms and groups of firms to facilitate network activity.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3 A new section is added to chapter 77.12 RCW
to read as follows:
The department shall manage wildlife programs in a manner that provides for public opportunities to view wildlife and supports nature-based and wildlife viewing tourism without impairing the state's wildlife resources.
Sec. 4 RCW 43.330.094 and 1997 c 220 s 223 are each amended to
read as follows:
The tourism development and promotion account is created in the state treasury. All receipts from RCW 36.102.060(10) and 43.330.090(3)(a) must be deposited into the account. Moneys in the account received under RCW 36.102.060(10) may be spent only after appropriation. No appropriation is required for expenditures from moneys received under RCW 43.330.090(3)(a). Expenditures from the account may be used by the department of community, trade, and economic development only for the purposes of ((
promotion of)) expanding and
promoting the tourism industry in the state of Washington.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 5 A new section is added to chapter 42.52 RCW
to read as follows:
When soliciting charitable gifts, grants, or donations solely for the purposes of promoting the expansion of tourism as provided for in RCW 43.330.090, state officers and state employees are presumed not to be in violation of the solicitation and receipt of gift provisions in RCW 42.52.140.
Sec. 6 RCW 42.52.150 and 1998 c 7 s 2 are each amended to read as
(1) No state officer or state employee may accept gifts, other than those specified in subsections (2) and (5) of this section, with an aggregate value in excess of fifty dollars from a single source in a calendar year or a single gift from multiple sources with a value in excess of fifty dollars. For purposes of this section, "single source" means any person, as defined in RCW 42.52.010, whether acting directly or through any agent or other intermediary, and "single gift" includes any event, item, or group of items used in conjunction with each other or any trip including transportation, lodging, and attendant costs, not excluded from the definition of gift under RCW 42.52.010. The value of gifts given to an officer's or employee's family member or guest shall be attributed to the official or employee for the purpose of determining whether the limit has been exceeded, unless an independent business, family, or social relationship exists between the donor and the family member or guest.
(2) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, the following items are presumed not to influence under RCW 42.52.140, and may be accepted without regard to the limit established by subsection (1) of this section:
(a) Unsolicited flowers, plants, and floral arrangements;
(b) Unsolicited advertising or promotional items of nominal value, such as pens and note pads;
(c) Unsolicited tokens or awards of appreciation in the form of a plaque, trophy, desk item, wall memento, or similar item;
(d) Unsolicited items received by a state officer or state employee for the purpose of evaluation or review, if the officer or employee has no personal beneficial interest in the eventual use or acquisition of the item by the officer's or employee's agency;
(e) Informational material, publications, or subscriptions related to the recipient's performance of official duties;
(f) Food and beverages consumed at hosted receptions where attendance is related to the state officer's or state employee's official duties;
(g) Gifts, grants, conveyances, bequests, and devises of real or personal property, or both, in trust or otherwise accepted and solicited for the purpose of promoting the expansion of tourism as provided for in RCW 43.330.090;
(h) Admission to, and the cost of food and beverages consumed at, events sponsored by or in conjunction with a civic, charitable, governmental, or community organization; and
(h))) (i) Unsolicited gifts from dignitaries from another state
or a foreign country that are intended to be personal in nature.
(3) The presumption in subsection (2) of this section is rebuttable and may be overcome based on the circumstances surrounding the giving and acceptance of the item.
(4) Notwithstanding subsections (2) and (5) of this section, a state officer or state employee of a regulatory agency or of an agency that seeks to acquire goods or services who participates in those regulatory or contractual matters may receive, accept, take, or seek, directly or indirectly, only the following items from a person regulated by the agency or from a person who seeks to provide goods or services to the agency:
(a) Unsolicited advertising or promotional items of nominal value, such as pens and note pads;
(b) Unsolicited tokens or awards of appreciation in the form of a plaque, trophy, desk item, wall memento, or similar item;
(c) Unsolicited items received by a state officer or state employee for the purpose of evaluation or review, if the officer or employee has no personal beneficial interest in the eventual use or acquisition of the item by the officer's or employee's agency;
(d) Informational material, publications, or subscriptions related to the recipient's performance of official duties;
(e) Food and beverages consumed at hosted receptions where attendance is related to the state officer's or state employee's official duties;
(f) Admission to, and the cost of food and beverages consumed at, events sponsored by or in conjunction with a civic, charitable, governmental, or community organization; and
(g) Those items excluded from the definition of gift in RCW 42.52.010 except:
(i) Payments by a governmental or nongovernmental entity of reasonable expenses incurred in connection with a speech, presentation, appearance, or trade mission made in an official capacity;
(ii) Payments for seminars and educational programs sponsored by a bona fide governmental or nonprofit professional, educational, trade, or charitable association or institution; and
(iii) Flowers, plants, and floral arrangements.
(5) A state officer or state employee may accept gifts in the form of food and beverage on infrequent occasions in the ordinary course of meals where attendance by the officer or employee is related to the performance of official duties. Gifts in the form of food and beverage that exceed fifty dollars on a single occasion shall be reported as provided in chapter 42.17 RCW.