58th Legislature
2004 Regular Session

Passed by the House March 9, 2004
  Yeas 94   Nays 1

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Passed by the Senate March 3, 2004
  Yeas 48   Nays 0

President of the Senate

I, Richard Nafziger, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 3172 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.

Chief Clerk

Governor of the State of Washington

Secretary of State
State of Washington




Passed Legislature - 2004 Regular Session
State of Washington58th Legislature2004 Regular Session

By Representatives Dunshee, Sommers and Sehlin

Read first time 02/03/2004.   Referred to Committee on Capital Budget.

     AN ACT Relating to payment agreements; amending RCW 39.96.010 and 39.96.020; and repealing RCW 39.96.070.


Sec. 1   RCW 39.96.010 and 2000 c 184 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
     The legislature finds and declares that the issuance by state and local governments of bonds and other obligations involves exposure to changes in interest rates; that a number of financial instruments are available to lower the net cost of these borrowings, or to reduce the exposure of state and local governments to changes in interest rates; that these reduced costs for state and local governments will benefit taxpayers and ratepayers; and that the legislature desires to provide state and local governments with express statutory authority to take advantage of these instruments. In recognition of the complexity of these financial instruments, the legislature desires that this authority be subject to certain limitations((, and be granted for a period of twelve years)).

Sec. 2   RCW 39.96.020 and 2003 c 47 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
     The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
     (1) "Financial advisor" means a financial services or financial advisory firm:
     (a) With recognized knowledge and experience in connection with the negotiation and execution of payment agreements;
     (b) That is acting solely as financial advisor to the governmental entity in connection with the execution of the payment agreement and the issuance or incurring of any related obligations, and not as a principal, placement agent, purchaser, underwriter, or other similar party, and that does not control, nor is it controlled by or under common control with, any such party;
     (c) That is compensated for its services in connection with the execution of payment agreements, either directly or indirectly, solely by the governmental entity; and
     (d) Whose compensation is not based on a percentage of the notional amount of the payment agreement or of the principal amount of any related obligations.
     (2) "Governmental entity" means state government or local government.
     (3) "Local government" means any city, county, city transportation authority, regional transit authority established under chapter 81.112 RCW, port district, public hospital district, or public utility district, or any joint operating agency formed under RCW 43.52.360, that has or will have outstanding obligations in an aggregate principal amount of at least one hundred million dollars as of the date a payment agreement is executed or is scheduled by its terms to commence or had at least one hundred million dollars in gross revenues during the preceding calendar year.
     (4) "Obligations" means bonds, notes, bond anticipation notes, commercial paper, or other obligations for borrowed money, or lease, installment purchase, or other similar financing agreements or certificates of participation in such agreements.
     (5) "Payment agreement" means a written agreement which provides for an exchange of payments based on interest rates, or for ceilings or floors on these payments, or an option on these payments, or any combination, entered into on either a current or forward basis.
     (6) "State government" means (a) the state of Washington, acting by and through its state finance committee, (b) the Washington health care facilities authority, (c) the Washington higher education facilities authority, (d) the Washington state housing finance commission, or (e) the state finance committee upon adoption of a resolution approving a payment agreement on behalf of any state institution of higher education as defined under RCW 28B.10.016: PROVIDED, That such approval shall not constitute the pledge of the full faith and credit of the state, but a pledge of only those funds specified in the approved agreement.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3   RCW 39.96.070 (Payment agreements not allowed after June 30, 2005 -- Exception) and 2000 c 184 s 3, 1998 c 245 s 35, 1995 c 192 s 2, & 1993 c 273 s 7 are each repealed.

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