SB 5270

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

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Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Concerning expiration dates affecting the department of natural resources’ contract harvesting program.

Sponsors: Senators Hawkins, Takko and Pearson; by request of Department of Natural Resources.

Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks

House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources

House Committee on Capital Budget

Background: Department of Natural Resources (DNR). DNR exercises general supervision and control over the sale of valuable materials, including timber. Valuable materials on state lands may be sold separately from the land, when DNR determines that it is in the best interest of the state to do so.

Contract Harvest Program. DNR appraises timber stands for sale, details the sale terms, and sells the right to harvest and remove the timber to the highest bidder at auction. In 2003, DNR was authorized to create a contract harvest program. This allows DNR to contract with an individual to harvest the timber and sort the logs for DNR while DNR maintains ownership of the harvested timber and may sell it at market price. Initially, DNR was permitted to contract up to 10 percent of the total timber available for sale.

The Legislature created a revolving fund account to accept proceeds from contract harvest log sales and to pay the associated costs of such sales. After making deductions for its management costs, DNR distributes the net proceeds from contract harvest sales to the appropriate beneficiary account.

The 2003 law set the maximum account balance at $1 million, measured at the end of the fiscal year, with any excess funds subject to automatic distribution.

In 2009, the Legislature modified DNR's contract harvest and timber sale authority in several ways. The Legislature:

Each of the changes made in 2009 were set to expire January 1, 2014. In 2014, the Legislature approved the extension of the contract harvest program until January 1, 2019. The 2014 legislation maintained the 2009 changes.

Summary: The sunset provision of the Contract Harvest Program is repealed, which makes DNR's authority to use contract harvesting for up to 20 percent of DNR's total volume of timber sales permanent.

One provision of the Contract Harvest Program will still expire January 1, 2019. That provision directs DNR to:

Votes on Final Passage:








July 23, 2017