ESB 5316

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As Passed House - Amended:

June 30, 2017

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 History:

Committee Activity:

Judiciary: 3/9/17, 3/16/17 [DP].

Third Special SessionFloor Activity:

Passed House - Amended: 6/30/17, 93-0.

Brief Summary of Engrossed Bill

(As Amended by House)

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


Majority Report: Do pass. Signed by 12 members: Representatives Jinkins, Chair; Kilduff, Vice Chair; Muri, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Frame, Goodman, Graves, Haler, Hansen, Kirby, Klippert, Orwall and Shea.

Staff: Audrey Frey (786-7289).


State laws are found in the session laws and in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). 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 laws are removed from publication in the RCW but remain in effect. They are also 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 Repealed laws are no longer effective going forward and are removed from publication in the RCW.

Summary of Bill:

A number of laws are decodified, recodified, repealed, or amended, including: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

Staff Summary of Public Testimony:

(In support) This bill simply removes a lot of outdated regulations, outdated boards, pilot projects that have already been completed, and references to dates that have already passed. This seems like a little simple bill, but it is important. For example, a bill actually had to be amended on the Senate floor because of a reference to an RCW that was no longer there. This bill helps clean up the statutes. It removes things off the books that are no longer valid, and if court cases arise around any of these statutes, it will help avoid some confusion by clarifying items.

(Opposed) None.

Persons Testifying: Senator Fortunato, prime sponsor.

Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: None.