(1) The public disclosure commission is established. The commission shall be composed of five members appointed by the governor, with the consent of the senate. All appointees shall be persons of the highest integrity and qualifications. No more than three members shall have an identification with the same political party.
(2) The term of each member shall be five years. No member is eligible for appointment to more than one full term. Any member may be removed by the governor, but only upon grounds of neglect of duty or misconduct in office.
(3) During his or her tenure, a member of the commission is prohibited from engaging in any of the following activities, either within or outside the state of Washington:
(a) Holding or campaigning for elective office;
(b) Serving as an officer of any political party or political committee;
(c) Permitting his or her name to be used in support of or in opposition to a candidate or proposition;
(d) Soliciting or making contributions to a candidate or in support of or in opposition to any candidate or proposition;
(e) Participating in any way in any election campaign; or
(f) Lobbying, employing, or assisting a lobbyist, except that a member or the staff of the commission may lobby to the limited extent permitted by RCW 42.17A.635
on matters directly affecting this chapter.
(4) A vacancy on the commission shall be filled within thirty days of the vacancy by the governor, with the consent of the senate, and the appointee shall serve for the remaining term of his or her predecessor. A vacancy shall not impair the powers of the remaining members to exercise all of the powers of the commission.
(5) Three members of the commission shall constitute a quorum. The commission shall elect its own chair and adopt its own rules of procedure in the manner provided in chapter 34.05
(6) Members shall be compensated in accordance with RCW 43.03.250
and shall be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred while engaged in the business of the commission as provided in RCW 43.03.050
. The compensation provided pursuant to this section shall not be considered salary for purposes of the provisions of any retirement system created under the laws of this state.
Legislative findings—Severability—Effective date—1984 c 287:
See notes following RCW 43.03.220
Effective date—Severability—1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 34:
See notes following RCW 2.08.115