HB 1150

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C 18 L 11

Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Extending the time in which a small business may correct a violation without a penalty.

Sponsors: Representatives Smith, Probst, Schmick, Warnick, Dahlquist, Hunt, Ross, Pearson, Dammeier, Kenney, Rodne, Kagi, Hargrove, Harris, Nealey, Short, Liias, Orcutt, Finn, Kelley, Takko, Taylor, Maxwell, Bailey, Reykdal, Upthegrove, Billig, Kristiansen, Frockt, Carlyle, Blake, Springer, Angel, Hurst, McCune, Rolfes, Condotta and Klippert.

House Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs

House Committee on Ways & Means

Senate Committee on Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections


Under legislation enacted in 2010, before an agency may impose a fine, civil penalty, or administrative sanction on a small business for a violation of a law or rule, the agency must provide the small business with a copy of the law or rule being violated. The agency must also allow the small business at least two business days to correct the violation. If no correction is possible or the agency is acting in response to a complaint made by a third party who would be disadvantaged by an opportunity to correct, the opportunity to correct does not apply.

Exceptions to the opportunity to correct may be made if:

A "small business" is a business with 250 or fewer employees or an annual gross revenue of less than $7 million.


The two business days that an agency must provide to a small business to correct a violation before imposing a fine, civil penalty, or administrative sanction is extended to seven calendar days.

Votes on Final Passage:








July 22, 2011