5843-S.E AMH GGIT H2606.1
By Committee on General Government & Information Technology
Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:
"Sec. 1.  RCW 79A.05.351 and 2007 c 176 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The outdoor education and recreation grant program is hereby created, subject to the availability of funds in the outdoor education and recreation account. The commission shall establish and implement the program by rule to provide opportunities for public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, formal school programs, nonformal after-school programs, and community-based programs to receive grants from the account. Programs that provide outdoor education opportunities to schools shall be fully aligned with the state's essential academic learning requirements.
(2) The program shall be phased in beginning with the schools and students with the greatest needs in suburban, rural, and urban areas of the state. The program shall focus on students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, who are most likely to fail academically, or who have the greatest potential to drop out of school.
(3) The director shall set priorities and develop criteria for the awarding of grants to outdoor environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education and recreation programs considering at least the following:
(a) Programs that contribute to the reduction of academic failure and dropout rates;
(b) Programs that make use of research-based, effective environmental, ecological, agricultural, or other natural resource-based education curriculum;
(c) Programs that contribute to healthy life styles through outdoor recreation and sound nutrition;
(d) Various Washington state parks as venues and use of the commission's personnel as a resource;
(e) Programs that maximize the number of participants that can be served;
(f) Programs that will commit matching and in-kind resources;
(g) Programs that create partnerships with public and private entities;
(h) Programs that provide students with opportunities to directly experience and understand nature and the natural world; ((and))
(i) Programs that include ongoing program evaluation, assessment, and reporting of their effectiveness; and
(j) Programs that utilize veterans for at least fifty percent of program implementation or administration.
(4) The director shall create an advisory committee to assist and advise the commission in the development and administration of the outdoor education and recreation program. The director should solicit representation on the committee from the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the department of fish and wildlife, the business community, outdoor organizations with an interest in education, and any others the commission deems sufficient to ensure a cross section of stakeholders. When the director creates such an advisory committee, its members shall be reimbursed from the outdoor education and recreation program account for travel expenses as provided in RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.
(5) The outdoor education and recreation program account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. Funds deposited in the outdoor education and recreation program account shall be transferred only to the commission to be used solely for the commission's outdoor education and recreation program purposes identified in this section including the administration of the program. The director may accept gifts, grants, donations, or moneys from any source for deposit in the outdoor education and recreation program account. Any public agency in this state may develop and implement outdoor education and recreation programs. The director may make grants to public agencies and contract with any public or private agency or person to develop and implement outdoor education and recreation programs. The outdoor education and recreation program account is subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW, but an appropriation is not required for expenditures.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 43.330 RCW to read as follows:
(1) Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, the director must maintain a position in the department to serve as a state lead on economic development issues relating to the outdoor recreation sector of the state's economy. The position must focus on promoting, increasing participation in, and increasing opportunities for outdoor recreation in Washington, with a particular focus on achieving economic development and job growth through outdoor recreation.
(2) The success of the department's outdoor recreation lead must be based on measurable results relating to economic development strategies that more deliberately grow employment and outdoor recreation businesses, including:
(a) Strategies for increasing the number of new jobs directly or indirectly related to outdoor recreation, with a short-term goal of increasing employment in the sector by ten percent above the one hundred ninety-nine thousand jobs estimated to be connected to outdoor recreation as of 2015; and
(b) Strategies for increasing the twenty-one billion dollars of consumer spending in Washington, and the four and one-half billion dollars of spending from out-of-state visitors, estimated to be connected to outdoor recreation as of 2015."
Correct the title.
EFFECT: Changes the nature of the state's outdoor recreation lead from a senior policy advisor to the governor to a position at the department of commerce, requires the success of the position to be based on measureable results, and removes the requirement of senatorial confirmation for the position.
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