SENATE BILL NO. 6673



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State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1990 Regular Session


By Senators McCaslin, Smitherman and Thorsness; by request of Department of General Administration



Read first time 1/22/90 and referred to Committee on  Governmental Operations.



AN ACT Relating to qualifications for operating state-owned vehicles; and amending RCW 43.19.554.




        Sec. 1.  Section 3, chapter 57, Laws of 1989 and RCW 43.19.554 are each amended to read as follows:

          (1) To carry out the purposes of RCW 43.19.550 through 43.19.558 and 46.08.065, the director of general administration has the following powers and duties:

          (a) To develop and implement a state-wide information system to collect, analyze, and disseminate data on the acquisition, operation, management, maintenance, repair, disposal, and replacement of all state-owned passenger motor vehicles.  State agencies shall provide the department with such data as is necessary to implement and maintain the system.  The department shall provide state agencies with information and reports designed to assist them in achieving efficient and cost-effective management of their passenger motor vehicle operations.

          (b) To survey state agencies to identify the location, ownership, and condition of all state-owned fuel storage tanks.

          (c) In cooperation with the department of ecology and other public agencies, to prepare a plan and funding proposal for the inspection and repair or replacement of state-owned fuel storage tanks, and for the clean-up of fuel storage sites where leakage has occurred.  The plan and funding proposal shall be submitted to the governor no later than December 1, 1989.

          (d) To develop and implement a state-wide motor vehicle fuel purchase, distribution, and accounting system to be used by all state agencies and their employees.  The director may exempt agencies from participation in the system if the director determines that participation interferes with the statutory duties of the agency.

          (e) To establish minimum standards and requirements for the content and frequency of safe driving instruction for state employees operating state-owned passenger motor vehicles, which shall include consideration of employee driving records.  In carrying out this requirement, the department shall consult with other agencies that have expertise in this area.

          (f) To develop a schedule, after consultation with the state motor vehicle advisory committee and affected state agencies, for state employees to participate in safe driving instruction.

          (g) To require all state employees to provide proof of a ((valid Washington state)) driver's license recognized as valid under Washington state law prior to operating a state-owned passenger vehicle.

          (h) To develop standards for the efficient and economical replacement of all categories of passenger motor vehicles used by state agencies and provide those standards to state agencies and the office of financial management.

          (i) To develop and implement a uniform system and standards to be used for the marking of passenger motor vehicles as state-owned vehicles as provided for in RCW 46.08.065.  The system shall be designed to enhance the resale value of passenger motor vehicles, yet ensure that the vehicles are clearly identified as property of the state.

          (j) To develop and implement other programs to improve the performance, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of passenger motor vehicles owned and operated by state agencies.

          (k) To consult with state agencies and institutions of higher education in carrying out RCW 43.19.550 through 43.19.558.

          (2) The director shall establish an operational unit within the department to carry out subsection (1) of this section.  The director shall employ such personnel as are necessary to carry out RCW 43.19.550 through 43.19.558.  Not more than three employees within the unit may be exempt from chapter 41.06 RCW.

          (3) No later than December 31, 1992, the director shall report to the governor and appropriate standing committees of the legislature on the implementation of programs prescribed by this section, any cost savings and efficiencies realized by their implementation, and recommendations for statutory changes.

                                                                                                                        Passed the Senate February 8, 1990.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.


                                                                                                                           Passed the House March 1, 1990.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.