(1) In administering the fund, the department shall give priority consideration to:
(2) When implementing this section, the department shall give preference only to Puget Sound partners, as defined in RCW 90.71.010
, in comparison to other entities that are eligible to be included in the definition of Puget Sound partner. Entities that are not eligible to be a Puget Sound partner due to geographic location, composition, exclusion from the scope of the Puget Sound action agenda developed under RCW 90.71.310
, or for any other reason, shall not be given less preferential treatment than Puget Sound partners.