ENGROSSED SENATE BILL NO. 5536


                                                            AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE


                                                                            C 324 L 89



State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By Senators McCaslin, DeJarnatt, McDonald, Bailey, Gaspard, Wojahn, West, Rasmussen, Warnke, Nelson, Vognild, Johnson, Kreidler, Pullen, Moore, Thorsness, Smith, Hansen, Conner, Saling, Sellar, Madsen, Talmadge, Fleming, Smitherman, Bender, Owen, McMullen, Sutherland and Bauer



Read first time 1/27/89 and referred to Committee on   Governmental Operations.



AN ACT Relating to the state employees' benefits board; and amending RCW 41.05.055.




        Sec. 1.  Section 7, chapter 107, Laws of 1988 and RCW 41.05.055 are each amended to read as follows:

          (1) The state employees' benefits board is created within the authority.  The function of the board is to design and approve insurance benefit plans for state employees.

          (2) The board shall be composed of seven members appointed by the governor as follows:

          (a) Three representatives of state employees, one of whom shall represent an employee association certified as exclusive representative of at least one bargaining unit of classified employees ((and)), one of whom shall represent an employee union certified as exclusive representative of at least one bargaining unit of classified employees, and one of whom is retired, is covered by a program under the jurisdiction of the board, and represents an organized group of retired public employees;

          (b) Three members with experience in health benefit management and cost containment; and

          (c) The administrator.

          (3) The governor shall appoint the initial members of the board to staggered terms not to exceed four years.  Members appointed thereafter shall serve two-year terms.  Members of the board shall be compensated in accordance with RCW 43.03.250 and shall be reimbursed for their travel expenses while on official business in accordance with RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.  The board shall prescribe rules for the conduct of its business.  The administrator shall serve as chair of the board.  Meetings of the board shall be at the call of the chair.

                                                                                                                           Passed the Senate April 20, 1989.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.


                                                                                                                             Passed the House April 6, 1989.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.