BILL REQ. #: S-3881.1
|State of Washington||62nd Legislature||2012 Regular Session|
Read first time 01/19/12. Referred to Committee on Energy, Natural Resources & Marine Waters.
AN ACT Relating to extending the habitat and recreation lands coordinating group until July 31, 2017; amending RCW 79A.25.260; creating a new section; and providing an expiration date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 79A.25.260 and 2007 c 247 s 1 are each amended to read
(1) The habitat and recreation lands coordinating group is established. The ((
habitat and recreation lands coordinating)) group
must include representatives from the (( committee)) office, the state
parks and recreation commission, the department of natural resources,
and the (( Washington state)) department of fish and wildlife. The
members of the (( habitat and recreation lands coordinating)) group must
have subject matter expertise with the issues presented in this
section. Representatives from appropriate stakeholder organizations
and local government must also be considered for participation on the
(( habitat and recreation lands coordinating)) group, but may only be
appointed or invited by the director.
(2) To ensure timely completion of the duties assigned to the ((
habitat and recreation lands coordinating)) group, the director shall
submit yearly progress reports to the office of financial management.
(3) The ((
habitat and recreation lands coordinating)) group must:
(a) Review agency land acquisition and disposal plans and policies to help ensure statewide coordination of habitat and recreation land acquisitions and disposals;
(b) Produce an interagency, statewide biennial forecast of habitat and recreation land ((
acquisitions [acquisition])) acquisition and
(c) Establish procedures for publishing the biennial forecast of acquisition and disposal plans on web sites or other centralized, easily accessible formats;
(d) Develop and convene an annual forum for agencies to coordinate their near-term acquisition and disposal plans;
(e) Develop a recommended method for interagency geographic information system-based documentation of habitat and recreation lands in cooperation with other state agencies using geographic information systems;
(f) Develop recommendations for standardization of acquisition and disposal recordkeeping, including identifying a preferred process for centralizing acquisition data;
(g) Develop an approach for monitoring the success of acquisitions;
(h) Identify and commence a dialogue with key state and federal partners to develop an inventory of potential public lands for transfer into habitat and recreation land management status; and
(i) Review existing and proposed habitat conservation plans on a regular basis to foster statewide coordination and save costs.
(4) If prioritization among the various requirements of subsection (3) of this section is necessary due to the availability of resources, the group shall prioritize implementation of subsection (3)(a) through (d) and (g) of this section.
(5) The group shall revisit the ((
committee's and Washington
wildlife and recreation program's)) planning requirements of relevant
grant programs administered by the office to determine whether
coordination of state agency habitat and recreation land acquisition
and disposal could be improved by modifying those requirements.
(5))) (6) The group must develop options for centralizing
coordination of habitat and recreation land acquisition made with funds
from federal grants. The advantages and drawbacks of the following
options, at a minimum, must be developed:
(a) Requiring that agencies provide early communication on the status of federal grant applications to the ((
committee)) office, the
office of financial management, or directly to the legislature;
(b) Establishing a centralized pass-through agency for federal funds, where individual agencies would be the primary applicants.
(6))) (7) This section expires July 31, (( 2012)) 2017. Prior to
January 1, (( 2012)) 2017, the (( committee)) group shall make a formal
recommendation to the board and the appropriate committees of the
legislature as to whether the existence of the habitat and recreation
lands coordinating group should be continued beyond July 31, (( 2012))
2017, and if so, whether any modifications to its enabling statute
should be pursued. (( The committee shall involve all participants in
the habitat and recreation lands coordinating group when developing the
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2 The legislature finds that participation by
the state's habitat and recreation land management agencies in the
habitat and recreation lands coordinating group is an inherent part of
transparent, efficient, and effective state habitat and recreation land
management, and must be conducted within existing resources.