Washington State

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SB 5316

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Title: An act relating to the removal of provisions that are no longer necessary for continued publication in the Revised Code of Washington.

Brief Description: Concerning the removal of provisions that are no longer necessary for continued publication in the Revised Code of Washington.

Sponsors: Senators Fortunato, Rossi, Rivers, Miloscia, Padden, Becker, Braun, Angel, Warnick, Schoesler, Brown, Zeiger and Wilson.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Decodifies, recodifies, repeals, or amends a number of statutes.

Hearing Date: 3/9/17

Staff: Audrey Frey (786-7289).


State laws are found in the session laws and in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), which is codified and published by the Code Reviser under the supervision of the Statute Law Committee, a legislative agency. The RCW is a codification of all state laws of a general and permanent nature. Laws of a limited or temporary nature are typically not codified.

Decodification. Decodified statutes are removed from publication in the RCW but remain in effect. Decodification is often used to remove language such as effective dates, emergency clauses, or severability clauses from the RCW. Decodified statutes are listed in the RCW dispositions and remain published in session law.

Recodification. Recodification is used to move an RCW section from one chapter to another.

Repeal. Repealed statutes are no longer effective going forward and are removed from publication in the RCW. Repealing a statute is often done to eliminate an authority or directive, or to remove defunct or outdated statutes. For example, statues that mandate reports or tasks that have already been completed, or statutes that contain authority which has not been used for a substantial period of time, can be considered outdated or no longer functional.

Summary of Bill:

A number of statutes are decodified, recodified, repealed, or amended, including:

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Not requested.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.