|Passed by the House March 14, 2007|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate April 12, 2007
President of the Senate
I, Richard Nafziger, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1181 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
|Approved April 27, 2007, 1:57 p.m.|
Governor of the State of Washington
April 30, 2007
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||60th Legislature||2007 Regular Session|
Read first time 01/12/2007. Referred to Committee on Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness.
AN ACT Relating to the powers and funding of the forensic investigations council; and reenacting and amending RCW 43.103.090 and 70.58.107.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 43.103.090 and 1999 c 142 s 1 and 1999 c 40 s 5 are
each reenacted and amended to read as follows:
(1) The council may:
(a) Meet at such times and places as may be designated by a majority vote of the council members or, if a majority cannot agree, by the chair;
(b) Adopt rules governing the council and the conduct of its meetings;
(c) Require reports from the chief of the Washington state patrol on matters pertaining to the bureau of forensic laboratory services;
(d) Authorize the expenditure of up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars per biennium from the council's death investigations account appropriation for the purpose of assisting local jurisdictions in the investigation of multiple deaths involving unanticipated, extraordinary, and catastrophic events, or involving multiple jurisdictions. The council shall adopt rules consistent with this subsection for the purposes of authorizing expenditure of the funds;
(e) Authorize the expenditure of up to twenty-five thousand dollars per biennium from the council's death investigations account appropriation for the purpose of assisting local jurisdictions to secure forensic anthropology services or other testing, to determine the identity of human remains upon a showing of financial need. The council shall adopt rules consistent with this subsection for the purposes of authorizing expenditure of the funds;
(f) Do anything, necessary or convenient, which enables the council to perform its duties and to exercise its powers; and
(f))) (g) Be actively involved in the preparation of the bureau
of forensic laboratory services budget and approve the bureau of
forensic laboratory services budget prior to formal submission to the
office of financial management pursuant to RCW 43.88.030.
(2) The council shall:
(a) Prescribe qualifications for the position of director of the bureau of forensic laboratory services, after consulting with the chief of the Washington state patrol. The council shall submit to the chief of the Washington state patrol a list containing the names of up to three persons who the council believes meet its qualifications to serve as director of the bureau of forensic laboratory services. Minimum qualifications for the director of the bureau of forensic laboratory services must include successful completion of a background investigation and polygraph examination. If requested by the chief of the Washington state patrol, the forensic investigations council shall submit one additional list of up to three persons who the forensic investigations council believes meet its qualifications. The appointment must be from one of the lists of persons submitted by the forensic investigations council, and the director of the bureau of forensic laboratory services shall report to the office of the chief of the Washington state patrol;
(b) After consulting with the chief of the Washington state patrol and the director of the bureau of forensic laboratory services, the council shall appoint a toxicologist as state toxicologist, who shall report to the director of the bureau of forensic laboratory services. The appointee shall meet the minimum standards for employment with the Washington state patrol including successful completion of a background investigation and polygraph examination;
(c) Establish, after consulting with the chief of the Washington state patrol, the policies, objectives, and priorities of the bureau of forensic laboratory services, to be implemented and administered within constraints established by budgeted resources by the director of the bureau of forensic laboratory services;
(d) Set the salary for the director of the bureau of forensic laboratory services; and
(e) Set the salary for the state toxicologist.
Sec. 2 RCW 70.58.107 and 2003 c 272 s 1 and 2003 c 241 s 1 are
each reenacted and amended to read as follows:
The department of health shall charge a fee of ((
dollars for certified copies of records and for copies or information
provided for research, statistical, or administrative purposes, and
eight dollars for a search of the files or records when no copy is
made. The department shall prescribe by regulation fees to be paid for
preparing sealed files and for opening sealed files.
No fee may be demanded or required for furnishing certified copies of a birth, death, fetal death, marriage, divorce, annulment, or legal separation record for use in connection with a claim for compensation or pension pending before the veterans administration. No fee may be demanded or required for furnishing certified copies of a death certificate of a sex offender for use by a law enforcement agency in maintaining a registered sex offender data base.
The department shall keep a true and correct account of all fees received and transmit the fees to the state treasurer on a weekly basis.
Local registrars shall charge the same fees as the state as hereinabove provided and as prescribed by department regulation except in cases where payment is made by credit card, charge card, debit card, smart card, stored value card, federal wire, automatic clearinghouse system, or other electronic communication. Payment by these electronic methods may be subject to an additional fee consistent with the requirements established by RCW 36.29.190. All such fees collected, except for seven dollars of each fee collected for the issuance of birth certificates and first copies of death certificates and fourteen dollars of each fee collected for additional copies of the same death certificate ordered at the same time as the first copy, shall be paid to the jurisdictional health department.
All local registrars in cities and counties shall keep a true and correct account of all fees received under this section for the issuance of certified copies and shall transmit seven dollars of the fees collected for birth certificates and first copies of death certificates and fourteen dollars of the fee collected for additional copies of death certificates to the state treasurer on or before the first day of January, April, July, and October. All but five dollars of the fees turned over to the state treasurer by local registrars shall be paid to the department of health for the purpose of developing and maintaining the state vital records systems, including a web-based electronic death registration system.
Five)) Eight dollars of each fee imposed for the issuance of
certified copies, except for copies suitable for display issued under
RCW 70.58.085, at both the state and local levels shall be held by the
state treasurer in the death investigations' account established by RCW