HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4444
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1990 First Special Session
By Representatives Sayan, Braddock, Winsley, Moyer, Wang, R. Fisher, Pruitt, R. Meyers, Hine and Rasmussen
Read first time 3/23/90.
WHEREAS, Article XIII of the Washington Constitution guarantees that the state will foster and support institutions "for the benefit of youth who are blind or deaf or otherwise disabled" and "for persons who are mentally ill or developmentally disabled"; and
WHEREAS, Article XVI of the Washington Constitution provides that all public lands granted to the state are held in trust for all the people of the state and shall not be disposed of except for the full market value of the estate or interest disposed of; and
WHEREAS, The Territory of Washington and the State of Washington have received, purchased, or otherwise acquired lands at various times dedicated to the support of the mentally ill or developmentally disabled totaling many thousands of acres, from the United States and from private citizens and other sources; and
WHEREAS, The title and uses of some of these lands is currently in dispute and under threat of costly litigation; and
WHEREAS, Many of these lands have not always been managed in the best interests of the mentally ill or developmentally disabled and the full income potential of these lands has not always been directed toward the care of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled; and
WHEREAS, The lands are managed by different state agencies; and
WHEREAS, Many of the lands used for institutional purposes are now considered surplus in whole or part; and
WHEREAS, The state is now funding community-based services for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, the Senate concurring, That the House of Representatives Appropriations and Human Services Committees and the Senate Health and Long-Term Care and Ways and Means Committees shall develop a legislative proposal for the 1991 session that provides for the management of lands devoted to the care of the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled consistent with constitutional and trust law requirements, and for the dedication of secure income streams for their care in the community; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the proposal shall include creation of a separate trust containing all lands dedicated to the mentally ill or developmentally disabled that are now surplus or become surplus in the future and all surplus lands that shall be identified on a regular basis, and that all the income from this trust shall be dedicated to the care of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled in the community.