SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL NO. 2426
AS AMENDED BY FREE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
C 245 L 90
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1990 Regular Session
By House Committee on Commerce & Labor (originally sponsored by Representatives Vekich, Walker, Chandler and Winsley; by request of Employment Security Department)
Read first time 1/31/90.
AN ACT Relating to employer contributions for unemployment compensation; amending RCW 50.04.205, 50.20.160, 50.20.190, 50.24.110, 50.29.025, 50.29.070, 50.44.060, and 49.30.005; reenacting and amending RCW 50.04.030; adding a new section to chapter 50.04 RCW; creating a new section; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 4, chapter 35, Laws of 1945 as last amended by section 1, chapter 256, Laws of 1987 and by section 2, chapter 278, Laws of 1987 and RCW 50.04.030 are each reenacted and amended to read as follows:
"Benefit year" with respect to each individual, means the fifty-two consecutive week period beginning with the first day of the calendar week in which the individual files an application for an initial determination and thereafter the fifty-two consecutive week period beginning with the first day of the calendar week in which the individual next files an application for an initial determination after the expiration of the individual's last preceding benefit year: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That the foregoing limitation shall not be deemed to preclude the establishment of a new benefit year under the laws of another state pursuant to any agreement providing for the interstate combining of employment and wages and the interstate payment of benefits nor shall this limitation be deemed to preclude the commissioner from backdating an initial application at the request of the claimant either for the convenience of the department of employment security or for any other reason deemed by the commissioner to be good cause.
An individual's benefit year shall be extended to be fifty-three weeks when at the expiration of fifty-two weeks the establishment of a new benefit year would result in the use of a quarter of wages in the new base year that had been included in the individual's prior base year.
year will be established unless it is determined that the individual earned
wages in "employment" in not less than six hundred eighty hours of
the individual's base year: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That a benefit year cannot be
established if the base year wages include wages earned prior to the
establishment of a prior benefit year unless the individual worked and earned
in "employment")) since the (( beginning of)) initial
separation from employment in the previous benefit (( year's waiting
period under RCW 50.20.010(4))) year of not less than six times the
weekly benefit amount computed for the individual's new benefit year.
If an individual's prior benefit year was based on the last four completed calendar quarters, a new benefit year shall not be established until the new base year does not include any hours used in the establishment of the prior benefit year.
If the wages of an individual are not based upon a fixed duration of time or if the individual's wages are paid at irregular intervals or in such manner as not to extend regularly over the period of employment, the wages for any week shall be determined in such manner as the commissioner may by regulation prescribe. Such regulation shall, so far as possible, secure results reasonably similar to those which would prevail if the individual were paid his or her wages at regular intervals.
Sec. 2. Section 5, chapter 292, Laws of 1977 ex. sess. and RCW 50.04.205 are each amended to read as follows:
Except as provided in section 3 of this act, services performed by aliens legally or illegally admitted to the United States shall be considered services in employment subject to the payment of contributions to the extent that services by citizens are covered.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 50.04 RCW to read as follows:
The term "employment" shall not include service that is performed by a nonresident alien for the period he or she is temporarily present in the United States as a nonimmigrant under subparagraph (F), (H)(iii), or (J) of section 101(a)(15) of the federal immigration and naturalization act, as amended, and that is performed to carry out the purpose specified in the applicable subparagraph of the federal immigration and naturalization act.
Sec. 4. Section 84, chapter 35, Laws of 1945 as last amended by section 4, chapter 266, Laws of 1959 and RCW 50.20.160 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) A determination of amount of benefits potentially payable issued pursuant to the provisions of RCW 50.20.120 and 50.20.140 shall not serve as a basis for appeal but shall be subject to request by the claimant for reconsideration and/or for redetermination by the commissioner at any time within one year from the date of delivery or mailing of such determination, or any redetermination thereof: PROVIDED, That in the absence of fraud or misrepresentation on the part of the claimant, any benefits paid prior to the date of any redetermination which reduces the amount of benefits payable shall not be subject to recovery under the provisions of RCW 50.20.190. A denial of a request to reconsider or a redetermination shall be furnished the claimant in writing and provide the basis for appeal under the provisions of RCW 50.32.020.
(2) A determination of denial of benefits issued under the provisions of RCW 50.20.180 shall become final, in absence of timely appeal therefrom: PROVIDED, That the commissioner may reconsider and redetermine such determinations at any time within one year from delivery or mailing to correct an error in identity, omission of fact, or misapplication of law with respect to the facts.
(3) A determination of allowance of benefits shall become final, in absence of a timely appeal therefrom: PROVIDED, That the commissioner may redetermine such allowance at any time within two years following the benefit year in which such allowance was made in order to recover any benefits improperly paid and for which recovery is provided under the provisions of RCW 50.20.190: AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That in the absence of fraud, misrepresentation, or nondisclosure, this provision or the provisions of RCW 50.20.190 shall not be construed so as to permit redetermination or recovery of an allowance of benefits which having been made after consideration of the provisions of RCW 50.20.010(3), or the provisions of RCW 50.20.050, 50.20.060, 50.20.080, or 50.20.090 has become final.
(4) A redetermination may be made at any time: (a) To conform to a final court decision applicable to either an initial determination or a determination of denial or allowance of benefits; (b) in the event of a back pay award or settlement affecting the allowance of benefits; or (c) in the case of fraud, misrepresentation, or willful nondisclosure. Written notice of any such redetermination shall be promptly given by mail or delivered to such interested parties as were notified of the initial determination or determination of denial or allowance of benefits and any new interested party or parties who, pursuant to such regulation as the commissioner may prescribe, would be an interested party.
Sec. 5. Section 87, chapter 35, Laws of 1945 as last amended by section 2, chapter 92, Laws of 1989 and RCW 50.20.190 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) An individual who is paid any amount as benefits under this title to which he or she is not entitled shall, unless otherwise relieved pursuant to this section, be liable for repayment of the amount overpaid. The department shall issue an overpayment assessment setting forth the reasons for and the amount of the overpayment. The amount assessed, to the extent not collected, may be deducted from any future benefits payable to the individual: PROVIDED, That in the absence of fraud, misrepresentation, or willful nondisclosure, every determination of liability shall be mailed or personally served not later than two years after the close of the individual's benefit year in which the purported overpayment was made unless the merits of the claim are subjected to administrative or judicial review in which event the period for serving the determination of liability shall be extended to allow service of the determination of liability during the six-month period following the final decision affecting the claim.
(2) The commissioner may waive an overpayment if the commissioner finds that said overpayment was not the result of fraud, misrepresentation, willful nondisclosure, or fault attributable to the individual and that the recovery thereof would be against equity and good conscience: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That the overpayment so waived shall be charged against the individual's applicable entitlement for the eligibility period containing the weeks to which the overpayment was attributed as though such benefits had been properly paid.
(3) Any assessment herein provided shall constitute a determination of liability from which an appeal may be had in the same manner and to the same extent as provided for appeals relating to determinations in respect to claims for benefits: PROVIDED, That an appeal from any determination covering overpayment only shall be deemed to be an appeal from the determination which was the basis for establishing the overpayment unless the merits involved in the issue set forth in such determination have already been heard and passed upon by the appeal tribunal. If no such appeal is taken to the appeal tribunal by the individual within thirty days of the delivery of the notice of determination of liability, or within thirty days of the mailing of the notice of determination, whichever is the earlier, said determination of liability shall be deemed conclusive and final. Whenever any such notice of determination of liability becomes conclusive and final, the commissioner, upon giving at least twenty days notice by certified mail return receipt requested to the individual's last known address of the intended action, may file with the superior court clerk of any county within the state a warrant in the amount of the notice of determination of liability plus a filing fee of five dollars. The clerk of the county where the warrant is filed shall immediately designate a superior court cause number for the warrant, and the clerk shall cause to be entered in the judgment docket under the superior court cause number assigned to the warrant, the name of the person(s) mentioned in the warrant, the amount of the notice of determination of liability, and the date when the warrant was filed. The amount of the warrant as docketed shall become a lien upon the title to, and any interest in, all real and personal property of the person(s) against whom the warrant is issued, the same as a judgment in a civil case duly docketed in the office of such clerk. A warrant so docketed shall be sufficient to support the issuance of writs of execution and writs of garnishment in favor of the state in the manner provided by law for a civil judgment. A copy of the warrant shall be mailed to the person(s) mentioned in the warrant by certified mail to the person's last known address within five days of its filing with the clerk.
(4) On request of any agency which administers an employment security law of another state, the United States, or a foreign government and which has found in accordance with the provisions of such law that a claimant is liable to repay benefits received under such law, the commissioner may collect the amount of such benefits from the claimant to be refunded to the agency. In any case in which under this section a claimant is liable to repay any amount to the agency of another state, the United States, or a foreign government, such amounts may be collected without interest by civil action in the name of the commissioner acting as agent for such agency if the other state, the United States, or the foreign government extends such collection rights to the employment security department of the state of Washington, and provided that the court costs be paid by the governmental agency benefiting from such collection.
(5) When an individual has been awarded or receives back pay, the amount of the back pay shall constitute wages paid in the period for which it was awarded. No person is liable for the amount of benefits if the amount of the back pay award or settlement was reduced by the amount of benefits received. When the amount of the back pay award or settlement was reduced by the amount of benefits received, the employer shall pay to the unemployment compensation fund an amount equal to the amount of such reduction. An employer who is a party to any back pay award or settlement shall, within thirty days of the settlement, report to the department the amount of benefits by which the award or settlement was reduced, if any, and the name and social security number of the person who received the award or settlement.
(6) When an individual fails to repay an overpayment assessment that is due and fails to arrange for satisfactory repayment terms, the commissioner shall impose an interest penalty of one percent of the outstanding balance for each month that payments are not made in a timely fashion. Interest shall accrue immediately on overpayments assessed pursuant to RCW 50.20.070. For any other overpayment, interest shall accrue when the individual has missed two or more of their monthly payments either partially or in full. The interest penalty shall be used to fund detection and recovery of overpayment and collection activities.
Sec. 6. Section 99, chapter 35, Laws of 1945 as last amended by section 5, chapter 111, Laws of 1987 and RCW 50.24.110 are each amended to read as follows:
commissioner is hereby authorized to issue to any person, firm, corporation,
political subdivision, or department of the state, a notice and order to
withhold and deliver property of any kind whatsoever when ((
commissioner has reason to believe that there is in the possession of such
person, firm, corporation, political subdivision, or department,
property which is due, owing, or belonging to any person, firm, or corporation
upon whom the department has served a benefit overpayment assessment or a
notice and order of assessment for unemployment compensation contributions,
interest, or penalties. The effect of a notice to withhold and deliver shall
be continuous from the date such notice and order to withhold and deliver is first
made until the liability is satisfied or becomes unenforceable because of a
lapse of time.
and order to withhold and deliver shall be served by the sheriff or the
sheriff's deputy of the county wherein the service is made((
, or by his
deputy)), by certified mail, return receipt requested, or by any
duly authorized representative of the commissioner. Any person, firm,
corporation, political subdivision, or department upon whom service has
been made is hereby required to answer the notice within twenty days exclusive
of the day of service, under oath and in writing, and shall make true answers
to the matters inquired of in the notice.
event there is in the possession of any such person, firm, corporation,
political subdivision, or department, any property which may be subject
to the claim of the employment security department of the state, such property
shall be delivered forthwith to the commissioner or ((
commissioner's duly authorized representative upon demand to be held in
trust by the commissioner for application on the indebtedness involved or for
return, without interest, in accordance with final determination of liability
or nonliability, or in the alternative, there shall be furnished a good and
sufficient bond satisfactory to the commissioner conditioned upon final
determination of liability.
Should any person, firm, or corporation fail to make answer to an order to withhold and deliver within the time prescribed herein, it shall be lawful for the court, after the time to answer such order has expired, to render judgment by default against such person, firm, or corporation for the full amount claimed by the commissioner in the notice to withhold and deliver, together with costs.
Sec. 7. Section 5, chapter 205, Laws of 1984 as last amended by section 79, chapter 380, Laws of 1989 and RCW 50.29.025 are each amended to read as follows:
The contribution rate for each employer shall be determined under this section.
(1) A fund balance ratio shall be determined by dividing the balance in the unemployment compensation fund as of the June 30th immediately preceding the rate year by the total remuneration paid by all employers subject to contributions during the second calendar year preceding the rate year and reported to the department by the following March 31st. The division shall be carried to the fourth decimal place with the remaining fraction, if any, disregarded. The fund balance ratio shall be expressed as a percentage.
(2) The interval of the fund balance ratio, expressed as a percentage, shall determine which tax schedule in subsection (5) of this section shall be in effect for assigning tax rates for the rate year. The intervals for determining the effective tax schedule shall be:
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(3) An array shall be prepared, listing all qualified employers in ascending order of their benefit ratios. The array shall show for each qualified employer: (a) Identification number; (b) benefit ratio; (c) taxable payrolls for the four calendar quarters immediately preceding the computation date and reported to the department by the cut-off date; (d) a cumulative total of taxable payrolls consisting of the employer's taxable payroll plus the taxable payrolls of all other employers preceding him or her in the array; and (e) the percentage equivalent of the cumulative total of taxable payrolls.
(4) Each employer in the array shall be assigned to one of twenty rate classes according to the percentage intervals of cumulative taxable payrolls set forth in subsection (5) of this section: PROVIDED, That if an employer's taxable payroll falls within two or more rate classes, the employer and any other employer with the same benefit ratio shall be assigned to the lowest rate class which includes any portion of the employer's taxable payroll.
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(6) The contribution rate for each employer not qualified to be in the array shall be as follows:
(a) Employers who do not meet the definition of "qualified employer" by reason of failure to pay contributions when due shall be assigned the contribution rate of five and four-tenths percent, except employers who have an approved agency-deferred payment contract by September 30 of the previous rate year. If any employer with an approved agency-deferred payment contract fails to make any one of the succeeding deferred payments or fails to submit any succeeding tax report and payment in a timely manner, the employer's tax rate shall immediately revert to five and four-tenths percent for the current rate year;
contribution rate for employers exempt as of December 31, 1989, who are newly
covered under the section 78, chapter 380, Laws of 1989((
to RCW 50.04.150 and not yet qualified to be in the array shall be 2.5 percent
for employers whose standard industrial code is "013",
"016", "017", "018", "019",
"021", or "081"; and
(c) For all other employers not qualified to be in the array, the contribution rate shall be a rate equal to the average industry rate as determined by the commissioner; however, the rate may not be less than one percent. Assignment of employers by the commissioner to industrial classification, for purposes of this subsection, shall be in accordance with established classification practices found in the "Standard Industrial Classification Manual" issued by the federal office of management and budget to the third digit provided in the Standard Industrial Classification code.
Sec. 8. Section 16, chapter 2, Laws of 1970 ex. sess. as last amended by section 19, chapter 23, Laws of 1983 1st ex. sess. and RCW 50.29.070 are each amended to read as follows:
a reasonable time after the computation date, each employer shall be notified
of the total amount of benefits charged to his account during the twelve-month
period immediately preceding the computation date and, upon request, the amount
of such charges with respect to each individual receiving unemployment benefits
charged to his account.))
reasonable time after the computation date each employer shall be notified of
his)) the employer's rate of contribution as determined for the
succeeding rate year and factors used in the calculation.
employer dissatisfied with the benefit charges made to ((
employer's account for the twelve-month period immediately preceding the
computation date or with his or her determined rate may file a
request for review and redetermination with the commissioner within thirty days
of the mailing of the notice to the employer, showing the reason for such
request. Should such request for review and redetermination be denied, the
employer may, within (( ten)) thirty days of the mailing of such
notice of denial, file with the appeal tribunal a petition for hearing which
shall be heard in the same manner as a petition for denial of refund. The
appellate procedure prescribed by this title for further appeal shall apply to
all denials of review and redetermination under this section.
Sec. 9. Section 23, chapter 3, Laws of 1971 as last amended by section 24, chapter 23, Laws of 1983 1st ex. sess. and RCW 50.44.060 are each amended to read as follows:
Benefits paid to employees of "nonprofit organizations" shall be financed in accordance with the provisions of this section. For the purpose of this section and RCW 50.44.070, the term "nonprofit organization" is limited to those organizations described in RCW 50.44.010, and joint accounts composed exclusively of such organizations.
nonprofit organization which is, or becomes subject to this title on or after
January 1, 1972 shall pay contributions under the provisions of RCW 50.24.010 and
chapter 50.29 RCW, unless it elects, in accordance with this subsection, to
pay to the commissioner for the unemployment compensation fund an amount equal
to the full amount of regular and additional benefits and one-half of the
amount of extended benefits paid to individuals for weeks of unemployment ((
begin during the effective period of such election)) that are based upon
wages paid or payable during the effective period of such election to the
extent that such payments are attributable to service in the employ of such
(a) Any nonprofit organization which becomes subject to this title after January 1, 1972 may elect to become liable for payments in lieu of contributions for a period of not less than twelve months beginning with the date on which such subjectivity begins by filing a written notice of its election with the commissioner not later than thirty days immediately following the date of the determination of such subjectivity.
(b) Any nonprofit organization which makes an election in accordance with paragraph (a) of this subsection will continue to be liable for payments in lieu of contributions until it files with the commissioner a written notice terminating its election not later than thirty days prior to the beginning of the taxable year for which such termination shall first be effective.
(c) Any nonprofit organization which has been paying contributions under this title for a period subsequent to January 1, 1972 may change to a reimbursable basis by filing with the commissioner not later than thirty days prior to the beginning of any taxable year a written notice of election to become liable for payments in lieu of contributions. Such election shall not be terminable by the organization for that and the next year.
(d) The commissioner may for good cause extend the period within which a notice of election, or a notice of termination, must be filed and may permit an election to be retroactive but not any earlier than with respect to benefits paid after December 31, 1969.
commissioner, in accordance with such regulations as ((
commissioner may prescribe, shall notify each nonprofit organization of any
determination which (( he)) the commissioner may make of its status
as an employer and of the effective date of any election which it makes and of
any termination of such election. Any nonprofit organization subject to such
determination and dissatisfied with such determination may file a request for
review and redetermination with the commissioner within thirty days of the
mailing of the determination to the organization. Should such request for
review and redetermination be denied, the organization may, within ten days of
the mailing of such notice of denial, file with the appeal tribunal a petition
for hearing which shall be heard in the same manner as a petition for denial of
refund. The appellate procedure prescribed by this title for further appeal
shall apply to all denials of review and redetermination under this paragraph.
(2) Payments in lieu of contributions shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this section including either paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection.
(a) At the end of each calendar quarter, the commissioner shall bill each nonprofit organization or group of such organizations which has elected to make payments in lieu of contributions for an amount equal to the full amount of regular and additional benefits plus one-half of the amount of extended benefits paid during such quarter that is attributable to service in the employ of such organization.
(b) (i) Each nonprofit organization that has elected payments in lieu of contributions may request permission to make such payments as provided in this paragraph. Such method of payment shall become effective upon approval by the commissioner.
(ii) At the end of each calendar quarter, or at the end of such other period as determined by the commissioner, the commissioner shall bill each nonprofit organization for an amount representing one of the following:
(A) The percentage of its total payroll for the immediately preceding calendar year as the commissioner shall determine. Such determination shall be based each year on the average benefit costs attributable to service in the employ of nonprofit organizations during the preceding calendar year.
(B) For any organization which did not pay wages throughout the four calendar quarters of the preceding calendar year, such percentage of its payroll during such year as the commissioner shall determine.
(iii) At the end of each taxable year, the commissioner may modify the quarterly percentage of payroll thereafter payable by the nonprofit organization in order to minimize excess or insufficient payments.
(iv) At the end of each taxable year, the commissioner shall determine whether the total of payments for such year made by a nonprofit organization is less than, or in excess of, the total amount of regular and additional benefits plus one-half of the amount of extended benefits paid to individuals during such taxable year based on wages attributable to service in the employ of such organization. Each nonprofit organization whose total payments for such year are less than the amount so determined shall be liable for payment of the unpaid balance to the fund in accordance with paragraph (c). If the total payments exceed the amount so determined for the taxable year, all of the excess payments will be retained in the fund as part of the payments which may be required for the next taxable year, or a part of the excess may, at the discretion of the commissioner, be refunded from the fund or retained in the fund as part of the payments which may be required for the next taxable year.
(c) Payment of any bill rendered under paragraph (a) or (b) shall be made not later than thirty days after such bill was mailed to the last known address of the nonprofit organization or was otherwise delivered to it, and if not paid within such thirty days, the reimbursement payments itemized in the bill shall be deemed to be delinquent and the whole or part thereof remaining unpaid shall bear interest and penalties from and after the end of such thirty days at the rate and in the manner set forth in RCW 50.12.220 and 50.24.040.
(d) Payments made by any nonprofit organization under the provisions of this section shall not be deducted or deductible, in whole or in part, from the remuneration of individuals in the employ of the organization. Any deduction in violation of the provisions of this paragraph shall be unlawful.
employer that is liable for payments in lieu of contributions shall pay to the
commissioner for the fund the total amount of regular and additional benefits
plus the amount of one-half of extended benefits paid that are attributable to
service in the employ of such employer. If benefits paid to an individual are
based on wages paid by more than one employer and one or more of such employers
are liable for payments in lieu of contributions, the amount payable to the
fund by each employer that is liable for such payments shall be determined in
accordance with the provisions of paragraphs (a) ((
through (d))) and
(b) of this subsection.
(a) If benefits paid to an individual are based on wages paid by one or more employers that are liable for payments in lieu of contributions and on wages paid by one or more employers who are liable for contributions, the amount of benefits payable by each employer that is liable for payments in lieu of contributions shall be an amount which bears the same ratio to the total benefits paid to the individual as the total base-period wages paid to the individual by such employer bear to the total base-period wages paid to the individual by all of his base-period employers.
(b) If benefits paid to an individual are based on wages paid by two or more employers that are liable for payments in lieu of contributions, the amount of benefits payable by each such employer shall be an amount which bears the same ratio to the total benefits paid to the individual as the total base-period wages paid to the individual by such employer bear to the total base-period wages paid to the individual by all of his base-period employers.
Sec. 10. Section 82, chapter 380, Laws of 1989 and RCW 49.30.005 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) It is the intent of the legislature that the department assist agricultural employers in mitigating the costs of the state's unemployment insurance program. The department shall work with members of the agricultural community to: Improve understanding of the program's operation; increase compliance with work-search requirements; provide prompt notification of potential claims against an employer's experience rating; inform employers of their rights; inform employers of the actions necessary to appeal a claim and to protect their rights; and reduce claimant and employer fraud. These efforts shall include:
(a) Conducting employer workshops and community seminars;
(b) Developing new educational materials; and
(c) Developing forms that use lay language.
employment security department, the department of labor and industries, the
department of licensing, and the department of revenue shall develop a plan to
implement voluntary combined reporting for agricultural employers by January 1,
1991)) 1992. The departments shall submit the plan to the
legislature by January 10, 1990, and include recommendations for legislation
necessary to standardize and simplify statutory coverage and other
requirements. Such standardization shall be as consistent with federal
requirements as possible.
The departments shall consult with representatives of agricultural employer and labor associations and general business associations in the development of the plan and legislation. The departments shall ensure that they accommodate the needs of small agricultural employers in particular.
(3) The department shall report to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature by January 10, 1990, 1991, and 1992 and include a description of the activities of the department to carry out the intents of this section and provide quantitative data where possible on the effectiveness of the activities undertaken by the department to comply with the intents of this section during the previous calendar year.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 11. If any part of this act is found to be in conflict with federal requirements that are a prescribed condition to the allocation of federal funds to the state or the eligibility of employers in this state for federal unemployment tax credits, the conflicting part of this act is hereby declared to be inoperative solely to the extent of the conflict, and such finding or determination shall not affect the operation of the remainder of this act. The rules under this act shall meet federal requirements that are a necessary condition to the receipt of federal funds by the state or the granting of federal unemployment tax credits to employers in this state.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 12. (1) Section 1 of this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately.
(2) Sections 2, 3, and 6 through 9 of this act shall take effect on July 1, 1990.