ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL NO. 2260
C 104 L 90
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1990 Regular Session
By Representatives Ferguson, Haugen and Wood
Prefiled with Chief Clerk 12/28/89. Read first time 1/8/90 and referred to Committee on Local Government.
AN ACT Relating to the municipal research council; amending RCW 43.110.010 and 82.44.160; and adding a new section to chapter 43.110 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 2, chapter 108, Laws of 1969 as last amended by section 1, chapter 22, Laws of 1983 and RCW 43.110.010 are each amended to read as follows:
There shall be a state agency which shall be known as the municipal research council. The council shall be composed of eighteen members. Four members shall be appointed by the president of the senate, with equal representation from each of the two major political parties; four members shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, with equal representation from each of the two major political parties; one member shall be appointed by the governor; and the other nine members, who shall be city officials, shall be appointed by the board of directors of the association of Washington cities. Of the members appointed by the association, at least one shall be an official of a city having a population of twenty thousand or more; at least one shall be an official of a city having a population of one thousand five hundred to twenty thousand; and at least one shall be an official of a town having a population of less than one thousand five hundred.
of members shall be for two years and shall not be dependent upon continuance
in legislative or city office. The terms of all members except legislative
members shall commence on the first day of August in every odd-numbered year.
The speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate
shall make their appointments on or before the third Monday in January in each
odd-numbered year, and the terms of the members thus appointed shall commence
on the third Monday of January in each odd-numbered year. ((
appointment of all members shall be filed in the offices of the association
within ten days after the appointments are made.))
Council members shall receive no compensation but shall be reimbursed for travel expenses at rates in accordance with RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060 as now existing or hereafter amended, except that members of the council who are also members of the legislature shall be reimbursed at the rates provided by RCW 44.04.120.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 43.110 RCW to read as follows:
The municipal research council shall contract for the provision of municipal research and services to cities and towns. Contracts for municipal research and services shall be made with state agencies, educational institutions, or private consulting firms, that in the judgment of council members are qualified to provide such research and services. Contracts for staff support may be made with state agencies, educational institutions, or private consulting firms that in the judgment of the council members are qualified to provide such support.
Municipal research and services shall consist of: (1) Studying and researching municipal government and issues relating to municipal government; (2) acquiring, preparing, and distributing publications related to municipal government and issues relating to municipal government; (3) providing educational conferences relating to municipal government and issues relating to municipal government; and (4) furnishing legal, technical, consultative, and field services to cities and towns concerning planning, public health, utility services, fire protection, law enforcement, public works, and other issues relating to municipal government.
The activities, programs, and services of the municipal research council shall be carried on, and all expenditures shall be made, in cooperation with the cities and towns of the state acting through the board of directors of the association of Washington cities, which is recognized as their official agency or instrumentality.
Sec. 3. Section 82.44.160, chapter 15, Laws of 1961 as last amended by section 7, chapter 54, Laws of 1974 ex. sess. and RCW 82.44.160 are each amended to read as follows:
distributing or paying moneys to the cities and towns from the general
, as)) on the first day of July of each year, under the formula
provided in RCW 82.44.150, the state treasurer shall(( , on the first day of
July of each year, make an annual deduction therefrom of)) deduct from
these moneys a sum equal to one-half of the biennial appropriation made (( pursuant
to this section, which)) to the municipal research council.
amount that is appropriated to the municipal research council shall be
at least seven cents per capita of the population of all cities or towns as ((
certified on that date, determined as provided in said section, which sum shall
be apportioned and transmitted to the municipal research council, herein
created. The municipal research council may contract with and allocate moneys
to any state agency, educational institution, or private consulting firm, which
in its judgment is qualified to carry on a municipal research and service
program. Moneys may be utilized to match federal funds available for technical
research and service programs to cities and towns. Moneys allocated shall be
used for studies and research in municipal government, publications,
educational, conferences, and attendance thereat, and in furnishing technical,
consultative, and field services to cities and towns in problems relating to planning,
public health, municipal sanitation, fire protection, law enforcement, postwar
improvements, and public works, and in all matters relating to city and town
government. The programs shall be carried on and all expenditures shall be
made in cooperation with the cities and towns of the state acting through the
Association of Washington Cities by its board of directors which is hereby
recognized as their official agency or instrumentality. Funds)) last determined by the office of financial
management. Moneys appropriated to the municipal research council shall be
kept in the treasury in the general fund(( , and)). Expenditures of
the municipal research council, including council expenses and contract
payments, shall be disbursed by warrant or check (( to contracting
parties on)) from invoices or vouchers certified by the chairman of
the municipal research council or (( his)) a designee. Payments
to public agencies may be made in advance of actual work contracted for, in the
discretion of the council.
Any moneys remaining unexpended or uncontracted for by the municipal research council at the end of any fiscal biennium shall be returned to the general fund and be paid to cities and towns under the provisions of RCW 82.44.150.