SECOND SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5835


                                                            AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE


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State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Energy & Utilities (originally sponsored by Senators Benitz and Rasmussen)



Read first time 1/17/90.



AN ACT Relating to energy education; adding new sections to Title 28A RCW; and creating a new section.




          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.     The legislature finds that the state is facing an impending energy supply crisis.  The legislature further finds that keeping the importance of energy in the minds of state residents is essential as a means to help avert a future energy supply crisis and that citizens need to be aware of the importance and trade-offs associated with energy efficiency, the implications of wasteful uses of energy, and the need for long-term stable supplies of energy.  One efficient and effective method of informing the state's citizens on energy issues is to begin in the school system, where information may guide energy use decisions for decades into the future.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to Title 28A RCW to read as follows:

          The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall develop an energy information program for use in local school districts.  The program shall utilize existing curriculum which may include curriculum as developed by districts or the state relating to the requirement under RCW 28A.05.010 that schools provide instruction in science with special reference to the environment, and shall include but not be limited to the following elements:

          (1) The fundamental role energy plays in the national and regional economy;

          (2) Descriptions and explanations of the various sources of energy which are used both regionally and nationally;

          (3) Descriptions and explanations of the ways to use various energy sources more efficiently; and

          (4) Advantages and disadvantages to the various sources of present and future supplies of energy.

          Under this section the office of superintendent of public instruction shall emphasize providing teacher training, promoting the use of local energy experts in the classroom, and dissemination of energy education curriculum.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  A new section is added to Title 28A RCW to read as follows:

          The superintendent shall appoint an energy education advisory committee composed of science teachers, administrators, energy utility representatives, and energy experts.  The committee shall propose ways of increasing the teaching of energy education throughout the state, disseminating energy education curriculum, and promoting the use of local energy experts in local school districts.

                                                                                                                           Passed the Senate March 3, 1990.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.


                                                                                                                           Passed the House March 1, 1990.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.