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Chapter 44.04 RCW

GENERAL PROVISIONS

RCW Sections

44.04.010Date of regular sessions.
44.04.021Commencement of terms of office.
44.04.040Vouchers for pay and mileage of members -- Warrants.
44.04.041Warrants for pay and mileage of members -- Payment of.
44.04.050Vouchers for pay of employees -- Warrants.
44.04.051Warrants for pay of employees -- Payment of.
44.04.060Vouchers for incidental expenses -- Warrants.
44.04.070Warrants for incidental expenses -- Payment of.
44.04.090Warrants for subsistence and lodging.
44.04.100Contest of election -- Depositions.
44.04.120Members' allowances when engaged in legislative business.
44.04.125Allowances of members-elect when attending meetings.
44.04.170Information from municipal associations.
44.04.200References to regular session of the legislature.
44.04.210Gender-neutral terms.
44.04.220Legislative children's oversight committee.
44.04.230Teachers' insurance benefits -- Reimbursement.
44.04.240Teachers' insurance benefits -- Payment of warrants.
44.04.250Surplus computer equipment -- Donation to schools.
44.04.260Legislative committees and agencies--Oversight.
44.04.280State laws--Respectful language.
44.04.290Periodic review of plans for bicycle, pedestrian, and equestrian facilities.
44.04.300Joint transportation committee -- Created -- Duties.
44.04.310Joint transportation committee -- Allowances, expenses.
44.04.320Oral history program.
44.04.325Legislative oral history committee -- Members.
44.04.330Legislative oral history committee -- Duties.
44.04.335Oral history activities -- Funding -- Joint rules.
44.04.340Oral history activities -- Gifts, grants, conveyances -- Expenditures -- Joint rules.
44.04.345Legislative oral history account.
44.04.360Joint higher education committee -- Purpose.
44.04.362Joint higher education committee -- Membership.
44.04.364Joint higher education committee -- Meetings -- Reimbursement -- Rules -- Staffing.

Notes:

Cashing checks, drafts, and state warrants for state officers and employees: RCW 43.08.180.

Development of methods and protocols for measuring educational costs: RCW 43.41.415.

Eligibility of member of legislature to appointment or election to office of official whose salary was increased during legislator's term: RCW 3.58.010.

Emoluments of office for appointees to office of state legislator: RCW 43.03.015.

Studies and adoption of classifications for school district budgets -- Publication: RCW 28A.300.060.



44.04.010
Date of regular sessions.

Regular sessions of the legislature shall be held annually, commencing on the second Monday of January.

[1980 c 87 § 27; 1979 ex.s. c 48 § 1; 1891 c 20 § 1; RRS § 8177.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 1979 ex.s. c 48: "This 1979 act shall take effect on January 1, 1980, if the proposed amendment to Article II, section 12 of the state Constitution by Substitute Senate Joint Resolution No. 110, providing for annual sessions of the legislature, is validly submitted and is approved and ratified by the voters at a general election held in November, 1979. If the proposed amendment is not so approved and ratified, this 1979 act shall be null and void in its entirety." [1979 ex.s. c 48 § 2.] "This 1979 act" refers to the amendment to RCW 44.04.010 by 1979 ex.s. c 48. Substitute Senate Joint Resolution No. 110 was approved and ratified by the people at the November 6, 1979, general election.

Regular and special sessions: State Constitution, Art. 2 § 12.




44.04.021
Commencement of terms of office.

The regular term of office of each senator and representative shall commence on the second Monday in January following the date of election.

[1987 c 13 § 1; 1981 c 288 § 68. Formerly RCW 44.07B.870.]




44.04.040
Vouchers for pay and mileage of members — Warrants.

The chief clerk of the house of representatives and the secretary of the senate are hereby directed to prepare vouchers for the state treasurer for the mileage and daily pay of members of the legislature on presentation of certificates showing amounts due for miles traveled and services rendered to dates specified. The certificates shall be signed by the speaker or president, and countersigned by the chief clerk or secretary, respectively, of the body to which the members belong. The state treasurer shall issue warrants which shall be in favor of and payable to the order of the persons named in said certificates.

[1973 c 106 § 17; 1890 p 6 § 1; RRS § 8150.]

Notes:

Annual salary: RCW 43.03.010.

Mileage allowance: State Constitution Art. 2 § 23; RCW 43.03.010.




44.04.041
Warrants for pay and mileage of members — Payment of.

Upon presentation of a warrant drawn as provided for in RCW 44.04.040, to the state treasurer, that officer shall pay the same out of any money in the treasury of the state appropriated for the expenses of the legislature of the state of Washington: PROVIDED, That should there be no money in the state treasury covered by such appropriation, the state treasurer shall indorse such fact on the warrant presented, and said warrant shall draw interest from the date of such presentation and indorsement, and shall be payable thereafter in the manner provided by existing law and custom.

[1890 p 6 § 2; RRS § 8151. Formerly RCW 44.04.070, part.]




44.04.050
Vouchers for pay of employees — Warrants.

The chief clerk of the house of representatives and the secretary of the senate shall prepare vouchers for the state treasurer for sums covering amounts due officers and employees of the legislature on presentation of certificates signed by the speaker or president, and countersigned by the chief clerk or secretary of the body in which the service of the officer or employee is rendered, and showing amounts due to dates specified. The state treasurer shall issue warrants which shall be drawn in favor and be made payable to the order of the officer or employee named in each certificate.

[1973 c 106 § 18; 1890 p 3 § 1; RRS § 8148.]




44.04.051
Warrants for pay of employees — Payment of.

Upon presentation to the state treasurer of a warrant drawn as provided for in RCW 44.04.050, that officer shall pay the same from any money in the state treasury appropriated for the expenses of the legislature of the state of Washington: PROVIDED, That should there be no money in the treasury of the state covered by such appropriation, the state treasurer shall indorse such fact on the warrant presented, and said warrant shall draw interest from date of such indorsement and shall be payable thereafter as is provided by law and custom.

[1890 p 3 § 2; RRS § 8149. Formerly RCW 44.04.070, part.]




44.04.060
Vouchers for incidental expenses — Warrants.

The chief clerk of the house of representatives and the secretary of the senate are hereby directed to prepare vouchers for the state treasurer for the incidental expenses of the legislature, on presentation of certificates showing amounts due for material furnished and services rendered to dates specified. The certificates shall be signed by the speaker or president, and countersigned by the sergeant-at-arms, respectively, of the body ordering the expenditures. The state treasurer shall issue warrants which shall be in favor of and payable to the order of the persons named in said certificates.

[1973 c 106 § 19; 1890 p 10 § 1; RRS § 8152.]




44.04.070
Warrants for incidental expenses — Payment of.

Upon presentation of a warrant, drawn as provided for in RCW 44.04.060, to the state treasurer, that officer shall pay the same out of any money in the treasury of the state appropriated for the expenses of the legislature of the state of Washington: PROVIDED, That should there be no money in the state treasury covered by such appropriation, the state treasurer shall indorse such fact on the warrant presented, and said warrant shall draw interest from the date of such presentation and indorsement, and shall be payable thereafter in the manner provided by existing law and custom.

[1890 p 10 § 2; RRS § 8153. FORMER PARTS OF SECTION: (i) 1890 p 3 § 2, now codified as RCW 44.04.051. (ii) 1890 p 6 § 2, now codified as RCW 44.04.041.]




44.04.090
Warrants for subsistence and lodging.

The state treasurer shall issue warrants for said reimbursement supported by affidavits that the reimbursement is claimed for expenses of subsistence and lodging actually incurred without itemization and without receipts. Such warrants shall be immediately paid from any funds appropriated for the purpose.

[1973 c 106 § 20; 1941 c 173 § 2; Rem. Supp. 1941 § 8153-2.]




44.04.100
Contest of election — Depositions.

Any person desiring to contest the election of any member of the legislature, may, at any time after the presumptive election of such member and before the convening of the ensuing regular session of the legislature, have the testimony of witnesses, to be used in support of such contest, taken and perpetuated, by serving not less than three days' written notice upon the member whose election he or she desires to contest, of his or her intention to institute such contest and that he or she desires to take the testimony of certain witnesses named in such notice, at a time and place named therein, before a notary public duly commissioned and qualified and residing in the county where the presumptive member resides, giving the name of such notary public, which deposition shall be taken in the manner provided by law for the taking of depositions in civil actions in the superior court. The presumptive member of the legislature, whose election is to be contested, shall have the right to appear, in person or by counsel, at the time and place named in the notice, and cross examine any witness produced and have such cross examination made a part of such deposition, and to produce witnesses and have their depositions taken for the purpose of sustaining his or her election. The notary public before whom such deposition is taken shall transmit such depositions to the presiding officer of the senate, or house of representatives, as the case may be, in which said contest is to be instituted, in the care of the secretary of state, at the state capitol, by registered mail, and it shall be the duty of the secretary of state upon the convening of the legislature to transmit said depositions, unopened, to the presiding officer of the senate, or the house of representatives, as the case may be, to whom it is addressed, and in case such contest is instituted said depositions may be opened and read in evidence in the manner provided by law for the opening and introduction of depositions in civil actions in the superior court.

[2009 c 549 § 6001; 1927 c 205 § 1; RRS § 8162-1. Prior: Code 1881 §§ 3125-3139.]

Notes:

Contest of elections: Chapter 29A.68 RCW.

Depositions: Rules of court: CR 26 through 37.

Legislature to judge election and qualifications of members: State Constitution Art. 2 § 8.

Recall: State Constitution Art. 1 §§ 33, 34, chapter 29A.56 RCW.




44.04.120
Members' allowances when engaged in legislative business.

Each member of the senate or house of representatives when serving on official legislative business shall be entitled to receive, in lieu of per diem or any other payment, for each day or major portion thereof in which he or she is actually engaged in legislative business or business of the committee, commission, or council, notwithstanding any laws to the contrary, an allowance in an amount fixed by the secretary of the senate and chief clerk of the house, respectively, in accordance with applicable rules and resolutions of each body. Such allowance shall be reasonably calculated to reimburse expenses, exclusive of mileage, which are ordinary and necessary in the conduct of legislative business, recognizing cost variances which are encountered in different locales. The allowance authorized shall not exceed the greater of forty-four dollars per day or the maximum daily amount determined under RCW 43.03.050, as now or hereafter amended. In addition, a mileage allowance shall be paid at the rate per mile provided for in RCW 43.03.060, as now or hereafter amended, when authorized by the house, committee, commission, or council of which he or she is a member and on the business of which he or she is engaged.

[2009 c 549 § 6002; 1985 c 3 § 1; 1979 ex.s. c 255 § 3; 1974 ex.s. c 157 § 2; 1973 1st ex.s. c 197 § 5; 1967 ex.s. c 112 § 4; 1963 ex.s. c 7 § 1; 1959 ex.s. c 10 § 1.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 1979 ex.s. c 255: See note following RCW 43.03.010.




44.04.125
Allowances of members-elect when attending meetings.

Each member-elect of the senate or house of representatives who attends any meeting of the legislature or any of its committees, upon the invitation of the committee on rules of his or her respective house, shall be entitled to receive per diem, mileage, and incidental expense allowances at the rates prescribed in chapter 44.04 RCW, as now or hereafter amended.

[1975 1st ex.s. c 185 § 1.]




44.04.170
Information from municipal associations.

It shall be the duty of each association of municipal corporations or municipal officers, which is recognized by law and utilized as an official agency for the coordination of the policies and/or administrative programs of municipal corporations, to submit biennially, or oftener as necessary, to the governor and to the legislature the joint recommendations of such participating municipalities regarding changes which would affect the efficiency of such municipal corporations. Such associations shall include but shall not be limited to the Washington state association of fire commissioners and the Washington state school directors' association.

[2007 c 31 § 7; 1999 c 153 § 59; 1970 ex.s. c 69 § 2.]

Notes:

     Part headings not law -- 1999 c 153: See note following RCW 57.04.050.

     Purpose -- 1970 ex.s. c 69: "It is the purpose of this act to assist the legislature in obtaining adequate information as to the needs of its municipal corporations and other public agencies and their recommendations for improvements." [1970 ex.s. c 69 § 1.]

     Intent -- Construction -- 1970 ex.s. c 69: "The intent of this act is to clarify and implement the powers of the public agencies to which it relates and nothing herein shall be construed to impair or limit the existing powers of any municipal corporation or association." [1970 ex.s. c 69 § 3.]




44.04.200
References to regular session of the legislature.

After June 12, 1980, all references in the Revised Code of Washington to a regular session of the legislature mean a regular session during an odd- or even-numbered year unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

[1980 c 87 § 1.]




44.04.210
Gender-neutral terms.

(1) All statutes, memorials, and resolutions enacted, adopted, or amended by the legislature after July 1, 1983, shall be written in gender-neutral terms unless a specification of gender is intended.

     (2) No statute, memorial, or resolution is invalid because it does not comply with this section.

[1983 c 20 § 3.]

Notes:

     Intent -- 1983 c 20: See note following RCW 43.01.160.

Number and gender in statutes: RCW 1.12.050.




44.04.220
Legislative children's oversight committee.

(1) There is created the legislative children's oversight committee for the purpose of monitoring and ensuring compliance with administrative acts, relevant statutes, rules, and policies pertaining to family and children services and the placement, supervision, and treatment of children in the state's care or in state-licensed facilities or residences. The committee shall consist of three senators and three representatives from the legislature. The senate members of the committee shall be appointed by the president of the senate. The house members of the committee shall be appointed by the speaker of the house. Not more than two members from each chamber shall be from the same political party. Members shall be appointed before the close of each regular session of the legislature during an odd-numbered year.

     (2) The committee shall have the following powers:

     (a) Selection of its officers and adopt rules for orderly procedure;

     (b) Request investigations by the ombuds of administrative acts;

     (c) Receive reports of the ombuds;

     (d)(i) Obtain access to all relevant records in the possession of the ombuds, except as prohibited by law; and (ii) make recommendations to all branches of government;

     (e) Request legislation;

     (f) Conduct hearings into such matters as it deems necessary.

     (3) Upon receipt of records from the ombuds, the committee is subject to the same confidentiality restrictions as the ombuds under RCW
43.06A.050.

[2013 c 23 § 100; 1996 c 131 § 1.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 1996 c 131 §§ 1-3: "Sections 1 through 3 of this act are necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately [March 21, 1996]." [1996 c 131 § 7.]




44.04.230
Teachers' insurance benefits — Reimbursement.

The chief clerk of the house of representatives and the secretary of the senate shall prepare vouchers for the state treasurer for sums covering amounts due a school district for any teacher who is on a leave of absence as a legislator, and who has chosen to continue insurance benefits provided by the school district, in lieu of insurance benefits provided to that legislator as a state employee. The amount of reimbursement due the school district is for the actual cost of continuing benefits, but may not exceed the cost of the insurance benefits package that would otherwise be provided through the health care authority.

[1998 c 62 § 1.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 1998 c 62: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [March 20, 1998]." [1998 c 62 § 4.]




44.04.240
Teachers' insurance benefits — Payment of warrants.

Upon presentation to the state treasurer of a warrant issued by the treasurer and drawn for the purposes under RCW 44.04.230, the treasurer shall pay the amount necessary from appropriated funds. If sufficient funds have not been appropriated, the treasurer shall endorse the warrant and the warrant draws interest from the date of the endorsement until paid.

[1998 c 62 § 3.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 1998 c 62: See note following RCW 44.04.230.




44.04.250
Surplus computer equipment — Donation to schools.

The chief clerk of the house of representatives may authorize surplus computers and computer-related equipment owned by the house, the secretary of the senate may authorize surplus computers and computer-related equipment owned by the senate, and the directors of legislative agencies may authorize surplus computers and computer-related equipment owned by his or her respective agency, to be donated to school districts and educational service districts. This section shall not be construed to limit the discretion of the legislature regarding disposal of its surplus property.

[1999 c 186 § 2.]




44.04.260
Legislative committees and agencies — Oversight.

The joint legislative audit and review committee, the joint transportation committee, the select committee on pension policy, the legislative evaluation and accountability program committee, the office of legislative support services, the joint higher education committee, and the joint legislative systems committee are subject to such operational policies, procedures, and oversight as are deemed necessary by the facilities and operations committee of the senate and the executive rules committee of the house of representatives to ensure operational adequacy of the agencies of the legislative branch. As used in this section, "operational policies, procedures, and oversight" includes the development process of biennial budgets, contracting procedures, personnel policies, and compensation plans, selection of a chief administrator, facilities, and expenditures. This section does not grant oversight authority to the facilities and operations committee of the senate over any standing committee of the house of representatives or oversight authority to the executive rules committee of the house of representatives over any standing committee of the senate.

[2012 c 229 § 204; 2012 c 113 § 6; 2005 c 319 § 112; 2003 c 295 § 12; 2001 c 259 § 1.]

Notes:

     Reviser's note: This section was amended by 2012 c 113 § 6 and by 2012 c 229 § 204, each without reference to the other. Both amendments are incorporated in the publication of this section under RCW 1.12.025(2). For rule of construction, see RCW 1.12.025(1).

     Effective date -- 2012 c 113: See note following RCW 44.80.010.

     Findings -- Intent -- Part headings -- Effective dates -- 2005 c 319: See notes following RCW 43.17.020.




44.04.280
State laws — Respectful language.

(1) The legislature recognizes that language used in reference to individuals with disabilities shapes and reflects society's attitudes towards people with disabilities. Many of the terms currently used diminish the humanity and natural condition of having a disability. Certain terms are demeaning and create an invisible barrier to inclusion as equal community members. The legislature finds it necessary to clarify preferred language for new and revised laws by requiring the use of terminology that puts the person before the disability.

     (2)(a) The code reviser is directed to avoid all references to: Disabled, developmentally disabled, mentally disabled, mentally ill, mentally retarded, handicapped, cripple, and crippled, in any new statute, memorial, or resolution, and to change such references in any existing statute, memorial, or resolution as sections including these references are otherwise amended by law.

     (b) The code reviser is directed to replace terms referenced in (a) of this subsection as appropriate with the following revised terminology: "Individuals with disabilities," "individuals with developmental disabilities," "individuals with mental illness," and "individuals with intellectual disabilities."

     (3) No statute, memorial, or resolution is invalid because it does not comply with this section.

     (4) The replacement of outmoded terminology with more appropriate references may not be construed as changing the application of any provision of this code to any person.

[2010 c 94 § 2; 2009 c 377 § 1; 2004 c 175 § 1.]

Notes:

     Purpose -- 2010 c 94: "The purpose of this act is to move toward fulfillment of the goals stated in RCW 44.04.280, to remove demeaning language from the Revised Code of Washington and to use respectful language when referring to individuals with disabilities. It is not the intent of the legislature to expand or contract the scope or application of any provision of this code. Nothing in this act may be construed to change the application of any provision of this code to any person." [2010 c 94 § 1.]




44.04.290
Periodic review of plans for bicycle, pedestrian, and equestrian facilities.

The house and senate transportation committees shall periodically review the six-year comprehensive plans submitted by cities and counties for expenditures for bicycle, pedestrian, and equestrian facilities prepared pursuant to RCW 35.77.010 and 36.81.121.

[1977 ex.s. c 235 § 12; 1975 1st ex.s. c 268 § 2. Formerly RCW 44.40.120.]




44.04.300
Joint transportation committee — Created — Duties.

The joint transportation committee is created. The executive committee of the joint committee consists of the chairs and ranking members of the house and senate transportation committees. The chairs of the house and senate transportation committees shall serve as cochairs of the joint committee. All members of the house and senate standing committees on transportation are eligible for membership of the joint committee and shall serve when appointed by the executive committee.

     The joint transportation committee shall review and research transportation programs and issues in order to educate and promote the dissemination of transportation research to state and local government policymakers, including legislators and associated staff. All four members of the executive committee shall approve the annual work plan. Membership of the committee may vary depending on the subject matter of oversight and research projects. The committee may also make recommendations for functional or performance audits to the transportation performance audit board.

     The executive committee shall adopt rules and procedures for its operations.

[2005 c 319 § 12.]

Notes:

     Transfers -- 2005 c 319: See note following RCW 47.01.075.

     Findings -- Intent -- Part headings -- Effective dates -- 2005 c 319: See notes following RCW 43.17.020.




44.04.310
Joint transportation committee — Allowances, expenses.

The members of the joint transportation committee will receive allowances while attending meetings of the committee or subcommittees and while engaged in other authorized business of the committees as provided in RCW 44.04.120. Subject to RCW 44.04.260, all expenses incurred by the committee must be paid upon voucher forms as provided by the office of financial management and signed by the cochairs of the joint committee, or their authorized designees, and the authority of the chair or vice chair to sign vouchers continues until their successors are selected. Vouchers may be drawn upon funds appropriated for the expenses of the committee.

[2005 c 319 § 13.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Intent -- Part headings -- Effective dates -- 2005 c 319: See notes following RCW 43.17.020.




44.04.320
Oral history program.

(1) The secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives, at the direction of the legislative oral history committee, shall administer and conduct a program to record and document oral histories of current and former members and staff of the Washington state legislature, and other citizens who have participated in the political history of the Washington state legislature. The secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives may contract with independent oral historians or the history departments of the state universities to interview and record oral histories. The manuscripts and publications shall be made available for research and reference through the state archives. The manuscripts, together with current and historical photographs, may be published for distribution to libraries and the general public, and posted on the legislative oral history web site.

     (2) The oral history of a person who occupied positions, or was staff to a person who occupied positions, in more than one branch of government, shall be conducted by the entity authorized to conduct oral histories of persons in the position last held by the person who is the subject of the oral history. However, the person being interviewed may select the entity he or she wishes to prepare his or her oral history.

[2008 c 222 § 3; 1991 c 237 § 1. Formerly RCW 43.07.220.]

Notes:

     Purpose -- 2008 c 222: "Washington has developed an impressive oral history program of recording and documenting the recollections of public officials and citizens who have contributed to the rich political history surrounding the legislature. Schools, museums, historians, state agencies, and interested citizens have benefited from the availability of these educational materials. The purpose of this act is to enhance this resource by reinforcing the decision-making role of the legislature." [2008 c 222 § 1.]

     Effective date -- 1991 c 237: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect on July 1, 1991." [1991 c 237 § 6.]




44.04.325
Legislative oral history committee — Members.

(1) A legislative oral history committee is created, which shall consist of the following individuals:

     (a) Four members of the house of representatives, two from each of the two largest caucuses of the house, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;

     (b) Four members of the senate, two from each of the two largest caucuses of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate;

     (c) The chief clerk of the house of representatives; and

     (d) The secretary of the senate.

     (2) Ex officio members may be appointed by a majority vote of the committee's members appointed under subsection (1) of this section.

     (3) The chair of the committee shall be elected by a majority vote of the committee members appointed under subsection (1) of this section.

[2008 c 222 § 4; 1991 c 237 § 2. Formerly RCW 43.07.230.]

Notes:

     Purpose -- 2008 c 222: See note following RCW 44.04.320.

     Effective date -- 1991 c 237: See note following RCW 44.04.320.




44.04.330
Legislative oral history committee — Duties.

The legislative oral history committee shall have the following responsibilities:

     (1) To select appropriate oral history interview candidates and subjects;

     (2) To select transcripts or portions of transcripts, and related historical material, for publication;

     (3) To advise the secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives on the format and length of individual interview series and on appropriate issues and subjects for related series of interviews;

     (4) To advise the secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives on the appropriate subjects, format, and length of interviews and on the process for conducting oral history interviews;

     (5) To advise the secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives on joint programs and activities with state universities, colleges, museums, and other groups conducting oral histories; and

     (6) To advise the secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives on other aspects of the administration of the oral history program and on the conduct of individual interview projects.

[2008 c 222 § 5; 1991 c 237 § 3. Formerly RCW 43.07.240.]

Notes:

     Purpose -- 2008 c 222: See note following RCW 44.04.320.

     Effective date -- 1991 c 237: See note following RCW 44.04.320.




44.04.335
Oral history activities — Funding — Joint rules.

The secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives may fund oral history activities through donations as provided in RCW 44.04.340 and through funds in the legislative gift center account created in RCW 44.73.020. The activities may include, but not be limited to, conducting interviews, preparing and indexing transcripts, publishing manuscripts and photographs, and presenting displays and programs. Donations that do not meet the criteria of the legislative oral history program may not be accepted. The secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives shall adopt joint rules necessary to implement this section.

[2008 c 222 § 6.]

Notes:

     Purpose -- 2008 c 222: See note following RCW 44.04.320.




44.04.340
Oral history activities — Gifts, grants, conveyances — Expenditures — Joint rules.

(1) The secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives may solicit and accept gifts, grants, conveyances, bequests, and devises of real or personal property, or both, in trust or otherwise, and sell, lease, exchange, invest, or expend these donations or the proceeds, rents, profits, and income from the donations except as limited by the donor's terms.

     (2) Moneys received under this section may be used only for conducting oral histories.

     (3) Moneys received under this section must be deposited in the legislative oral history account established in RCW
44.04.345.

     (4) The secretary of the senate and the chief clerk of the house of representatives shall adopt joint rules to govern and protect the receipt and expenditure of the proceeds.

[2008 c 222 § 7.]

Notes:

     Purpose -- 2008 c 222: See note following RCW 44.04.320.




44.04.345
Legislative oral history account.

The legislative oral history account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. All moneys received under RCW 44.04.340 and from the legislative gift center account created in RCW 44.73.020 must be deposited in the account. Expenditures from the account may be made only for the purposes of the legislative oral history program under RCW 44.04.320. Only the secretary of the senate or the chief clerk of the house of representatives or their designee may authorize expenditures from the account. An appropriation is not required for expenditures, but the account is subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW.

[2008 c 222 § 8.]

Notes:

     Purpose -- 2008 c 222: See note following RCW 44.04.320.




44.04.360
Joint higher education committee — Purpose.

(1) A joint higher education committee is created.

     (2) The purpose of the joint higher education committee is to:

     (a) By December 1, 2012, and annually thereafter, review the work of the student achievement council and provide legislative feedback;

     (b) Engage with the student achievement council and the higher education community to create greater communication, coordination, and alignment between the higher education system and the expectations of the legislature; and

     (c) Provide recommendations for higher education policy, including proposed legislation, to the higher education and fiscal committees of the legislature.

[2012 c 229 § 201.]




44.04.362
Joint higher education committee — Membership.

(1) The joint higher education committee shall consist of the following members:

     (a) Four members of the house of representatives, two each appointed by the leadership of the two largest caucuses, with at least one member from each caucus who is a member of the house of representatives ways and means committee and at least one member from each caucus who is a member of the house of representatives higher education committee; and

     (b) Four members of the senate, two each appointed by the leadership of the two largest caucuses, with at least one member from each caucus who is a member of the senate ways and means committee and at least one member from each caucus who is a member of the senate higher education and workforce development committee.

     (2) All members must be appointed by July 1, 2012, and must serve a term of no less than two years.

     (3) Vacancies on the joint higher education committee shall be filled by appointment by either the president of the senate or the speaker of the house of representatives. All such vacancies shall be filled from the same political party and from the same house as the member whose seat was vacated.

     (4) The joint higher education committee shall appoint its own cochairs, representing two different parties and the two chambers of the legislature.

[2012 c 229 § 202.]




44.04.364
Joint higher education committee — Meetings — Reimbursement — Rules — Staffing.

(1) The joint higher education committee shall meet at least twice annually after the conclusion of the legislative session.

     (2) The members of the joint higher education committee shall serve without additional compensation, but shall be reimbursed in accordance with RCW
44.04.120 while attending meetings of the joint higher education committee.

     (3) The joint higher education committee shall adopt rules and procedures for its operations.

     (4) Staff support for the joint higher education committee must be provided by the senate committee services and the house of representatives office of program research.

[2012 c 229 § 203.]