61st Legislature
2009 Regular Session

Passed by the Senate April 20, 2009
  YEAS 33   NAYS 15

President of the Senate
Passed by the House April 9, 2009
  YEAS 67   NAYS 31

Speaker of the House of Representatives


I, Thomas Hoemann, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SENATE BILL 5629 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.


Governor of the State of Washington

Secretary of State
State of Washington




Passed Legislature - 2009 Regular Session
State of Washington61st Legislature2009 Regular Session

By Senators Kohl-Welles, Keiser, Fairley, Kline, Marr, Prentice, Franklin, Murray, King, and Brown

Read first time 01/27/09.   Referred to Committee on Health & Long-Term Care.

     AN ACT Relating to programs for the prevention of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases; amending RCW 74.12.410; and adding a new section to chapter 70.54 RCW.


NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1   A new section is added to chapter 70.54 RCW to read as follows:
     (1) To reduce unintended pregnancies, state agencies may apply for sexual health education funding for programs that are medically and scientifically accurate, including, but not limited to, programs on abstinence, the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, and the prevention of unintended pregnancies. The state shall ensure that such programs:
     (a) Are evidence-based;
     (b) Use state funds cost-effectively;
     (c) Maximize the use of federal matching funds; and
     (d) Are consistent with RCW 28A.300.475, the state's healthy youth act, as existing on the effective date of this section.
     (2) As used in this section:
     (a) "Medically and scientifically accurate" has the same meaning as in RCW 28A.300.475, as existing on the effective date of this section; and
     (b) "Evidence-based" means a program that uses practices proven to the greatest extent possible through research in compliance with scientific methods to be effective and beneficial for the target population.

Sec. 2   RCW 74.12.410 and 1997 c 58 s 601 are each amended to read as follows:
     (1) At the time of application or reassessment under this chapter the department shall offer or contract for family planning information and assistance, including alternatives to abortion, and any other available locally based ((teen)) unintended pregnancy prevention programs, to prospective and current recipients of ((aid to families with dependent children)) temporary assistance for needy families.
     (2) The department shall work in cooperation with the superintendent of public instruction to reduce the rate of ((illegitimate births and)) abortions and unintended pregnancies in Washington state.
     (((3) The department of health shall maximize federal funding by timely application for federal funds available under P.L. 104-193 and Title V of the federal social security act, 42 U.S.C. 701 et seq., as amended, for the establishment of qualifying abstinence education and motivation programs. The department of health shall contract, by competitive bid, with entities qualified to provide abstinence education and motivation programs in the state.
     (4) The department of health shall seek and accept local matching funds to the maximum extent allowable from qualified abstinence education and motivation programs.
     (5)(a) For purposes of this section, "qualifying abstinence education and motivation programs" are those bidders with experience in the conduct of the types of abstinence education and motivation programs set forth in Title V of the federal social security act, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 701 et seq., as amended.
     (b) The application for federal funds, contracting for abstinence education and motivation programs and performance of contracts under this section are subject to review and oversight by a joint committee of the legislature, composed of four legislative members, appointed by each of the two caucuses in each house.

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