Chapter 43.15 RCW

OFFICE OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Sections

43.15.005Findings.
43.15.010Duties.
43.15.020President of the senateCommittee and board appointments and assignments.
43.15.030Association of Washington generalsCreated.
43.15.040Use of state flag.
43.15.050Legislative international trade account.
43.15.060Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsPurposeCreatedMembership.
43.15.065Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsSubcommitteesRules of procedure.
43.15.070Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsPowersStudy and review of economic issues.
43.15.075Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsStaff support.
43.15.080Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsTravel expenses.
43.15.085Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsExpenses.
43.15.090Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsCooperation with committees, agencies, and councils.
43.15.100Sports mentoring program.
43.15.901Effective date1985 c 467.


Findings.

The legislature finds that as the duties and responsibilities of the office of lieutenant governor have continued to incrementally increase, they have been distributed among various noncorresponding chapters in statute. The legislature further finds that by consolidating the duties and responsibilities of the office of lieutenant governor under one chapter, it keeps our statutes consistent among the different statewide elected offices and greater facilitates the understanding of the role of the office of lieutenant governor and its many statutorily defined duties and responsibilities.



Duties.

The lieutenant governor has the following duties:
(1) The lieutenant governor serves as president of the senate.
(2) In addition to the events prescribed under the state Constitution, the lieutenant governor performs the duties of the governor when the governor is out of the state pursuant to RCW 43.06.040 and 43.06.050. When the lieutenant governor is called to perform the duties of the governor, he or she is compensated according to RCW 43.03.020.
(3) When delegated to do so under RCW 41.72.030, the lieutenant governor shall award the law enforcement medal of honor during national law enforcement recognition week.



President of the senateCommittee and board appointments and assignments.

The lieutenant governor serves as president of the senate and is responsible for making appointments to, and serving on, the committees and boards as set forth in this section.
(1) The lieutenant governor serves on the following boards and committees:
(a) Capitol furnishings preservation committee, RCW 27.48.040;
(b) Washington higher education facilities authority, RCW 28B.07.030;
(c) Productivity board, also known as the employee involvement and recognition board, RCW 41.60.015;
(d) State finance committee, RCW 43.33.010;
(e) State capitol committee, RCW 43.34.010;
(f) Washington health care facilities authority, RCW 70.37.030;
(g) State medal of merit nominating committee, RCW 1.40.020;
(h) Medal of valor committee, RCW 1.60.020; and
(i) Association of Washington generals, RCW 43.15.030.
(2) The lieutenant governor, and when serving as president of the senate, appoints members to the following boards and committees:
(a) Civil legal aid oversight committee, RCW 2.53.010;
(b) Office of public defense advisory committee, RCW 2.70.030;
(c) Washington state gambling commission, RCW 9.46.040;
(d) Sentencing guidelines commission, RCW 9.94A.860;
(e) State building code council, RCW 19.27.070;
(f) Financial education public-private partnership, RCW 28A.300.450;
(g) Joint administrative rules review committee, RCW 34.05.610;
(h) Capital projects advisory review board, RCW 39.10.220;
(i) Select committee on pension policy, RCW 41.04.276;
(j) Legislative ethics board, RCW 42.52.310;
(k) Washington citizens' commission on salaries, RCW 43.03.305;
(l) Legislative oral history committee, RCW 44.04.325;
(m) State council on aging, RCW 43.20A.685;
(n) State investment board, RCW 43.33A.020;
(o) Capitol campus design advisory committee, RCW 43.34.080;
(p) Washington state arts commission, RCW 43.46.015;
(q) PNWER-Net working subgroup under chapter 43.147 RCW;
(r) Community economic revitalization board, RCW 43.160.030;
(s) Washington economic development finance authority, RCW 43.163.020;
(t) Life sciences discovery fund authority, *RCW 43.350.020;
(u) Joint legislative audit and review committee, RCW 44.28.010;
(v) Joint committee on energy supply and energy conservation, RCW 44.39.015;
(w) Legislative evaluation and accountability program committee, RCW 44.48.010;
(x) Agency council on coordinated transportation, **RCW 47.06B.020;
(y) Washington horse racing commission, RCW 67.16.014;
(z) Correctional industries board of directors, RCW 72.09.080;
(aa) Joint committee on veterans' and military affairs, RCW 73.04.150;
(bb) Joint legislative committee on water supply during drought, RCW 90.86.020;
(cc) Statute law committee, RCW 1.08.001; and
(dd) Joint legislative oversight committee on trade policy, RCW 44.55.020.

NOTES:

Reviser's note: *(1) RCW 43.350.020 was repealed by 2019 c 83 § 6.
**(2) RCW 47.06B.020 was repealed by 2011 c 60 § 51.
Effective date2017 3rd sp.s. c 6 §§ 102, 104-115, 201-227, 301-337, 401-419, 501-513, 801-803, and 805-822: See note following RCW 43.216.025.
Conflict with federal requirements2017 3rd sp.s. c 6: See RCW 43.216.908.
Transfer of residual funds to manufactured home installation training account2011 c 158: See note following RCW 43.22A.100.
Effective date2010 1st sp.s. c 26; 2010 1st sp.s. c 7: See note following RCW 43.03.027.
PurposeEffective date2010 c 271: See notes following RCW 43.330.005.
IntentEffective dateDisposition of property and fundsAssignment/delegation of contractual rights or duties2009 c 560: See notes following RCW 18.06.080.
FindingsIntent2008 c 152: See note following RCW 13.34.136.



Association of Washington generalsCreated.

(1) The association of Washington generals is organized as a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation in accordance with chapter 24.03 RCW and this section.
(2) The purpose of the association of Washington generals is to:
(a) Provide the state a means of extending formal recognition for an individual's outstanding services to the state;
(b) Bring together those individuals to serve the state as ambassadors of trade, tourism, and international goodwill; and
(c) Expand educational, sports, and/or employment opportunities for youth, veterans, and people with disabilities in Washington state.
(3) The association of Washington generals may conduct activities in support of their mission, including but not limited to:
(a) Establishing selection criteria for selecting Washington generals;
(b) Training Washington generals as ambassadors of the state of Washington, nationally and internationally; and
(c) Promoting Washington generals as ambassadors of the state of Washington.
(4) The association of Washington generals is governed by a board of directors. The board is composed of the governor, lieutenant governor, and the secretary of state, who serve as ex officio, nonvoting members, and other officers and members as the association of Washington generals designates.
(5) The board shall:
(a) Review nominations for and be responsible for the selection of Washington generals;
(b) Establish the title of honorary Washington general to honor worthy individuals from outside the state of Washington; and
(c) Adopt bylaws and establish governance and transparency policies.
(6) The lieutenant governor's office may provide technical and financial assistance for the association of Washington generals, where the work of the association aligns with the mission of the office. Assistance from the lieutenant governor's office may include, but is not limited to:
(a) Collaboration with the association of Washington generals on the Washington world fellows program, a college readiness and study abroad fellowship administered by the office of the lieutenant governor;
(b) Beginning January 1, 2019, collaboration with the association of Washington generals to administer the sports mentoring program as established under RCW 43.15.100, a mentoring program to encourage underserved youth to join sports or otherwise participate in the area of sports; and
(c) The compilation of a yearly financial report, which shall be made available to the legislature no later than January 15th of each year, detailing all revenues and expenditures associated with the Washington world fellows program and the sports mentoring program. Any expenditures made by the association of Washington generals in support of the Washington world fellows program and the sports mentoring program shall be made available to the office of the lieutenant governor for the purpose of inclusion in the annual financial report.
(7) The legislature may make appropriations in support of the Washington generals subject to the availability of funds.
(8) The office of the lieutenant governor must post on its web site detailed information on all funds received by the association of Washington generals and all expenditures by the association of Washington generals.



Use of state flag.

The association of Washington generals may use the image of the Washington state flag to promote the mission of the organization as set forth under *RCW 43.342.010. The association retains any revenue generated by the use of the image, when the usage is consistent with the purposes under *RCW 43.342.010.
[ 2005 c 69 § 2. Formerly RCW 43.342.020.]

NOTES:

*Reviser's note: RCW 43.342.010 was recodified as RCW 43.15.030 pursuant to 2006 c 317 § 5.



Legislative international trade account.

The legislative international trade account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. All moneys received by the president of the senate and the secretary of state from gifts, grants, and endowments for international trade hosting, international relations, and international missions activities must be deposited in the account. Only private, nonpublic gifts, grants, and endowments may be deposited in the account. A person, as defined in RCW 42.52.010, may not donate, gift, grant, or endow more than five thousand dollars per calendar year to the legislative international trade account. Expenditures from the account may be used only for the purposes of international trade hosting, international relations, and international trade mission activities, excluding travel and lodging, in which the president and members of the senate, members of the house of representatives, and the secretary of state participate in an official capacity. An appropriation is not required for expenditures. All requests by individual legislators for use of funds from this account must be first approved by the secretary of the senate for members of the senate or the chief clerk of the house of representatives for members of the house of representatives. All expenditures from the account shall be authorized by the final signed approval of the chief clerk of the house of representatives, the secretary of the senate, and the president of the senate.
[ 2003 c 265 § 1. Formerly RCW 44.04.270.]



Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsPurposeCreatedMembership.

(1) Economic development and in particular international trade, tourism, and investment have become increasingly important to Washington, affecting the state's employment, revenues, and general economic well-being. Additionally, economic trends are rapidly changing and the international marketplace has become increasingly competitive as states and countries seek to improve and safeguard their own economic well-being. The purpose of the legislative committee on economic development and international relations is to provide responsive and consistent involvement by the legislature in economic development to maintain a healthy state economy and to provide employment opportunities to Washington residents.
(2) There is created a legislative committee on economic development and international relations which shall consist of six senators and six representatives from the legislature and the lieutenant governor who shall serve as chairperson. The senate members of the committee shall be appointed by the president of the senate and the house members of the committee shall be appointed by the speaker of the house. Not more than three members from each house shall be from the same political party. A list of appointees shall be submitted before the close of each regular legislative session during an odd-numbered year or any successive special session convened by the governor or the legislature prior to the close of such regular session or successive special session(s) for confirmation of senate members, by the senate, and house members, by the house. Vacancies occurring shall be filled by the appointing authority.



Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsSubcommitteesRules of procedure.

The committee shall by majority vote establish subcommittees, and prescribe rules of procedure for itself and its subcommittees which are consistent with this chapter. The committee shall at a minimum establish a subcommittee on international trade and a subcommittee on industrial development.
[ 1985 c 467 § 18. Formerly RCW 44.52.020.]



Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsPowersStudy and review of economic issues.

The committee or its subcommittees are authorized to study and review economic development issues with special emphasis on international trade, tourism, investment, and industrial development, and to assist the legislature in developing a comprehensive and consistent economic development policy. The issues under review by the committee shall include, but not be limited to:
(1) Evaluating existing state policies, laws, and programs which promote or affect economic development with special emphasis on those concerning international trade, tourism, and investment and determine their cost-effectiveness and level of cooperation with other public and private agencies.
(2) Monitoring economic trends, and developing for review by the legislature such appropriate state responses as may be deemed effective and appropriate.
(3) Monitoring economic development policies and programs of other states and nations and evaluating their effectiveness.
(4) Determining the economic impact of international trade, tourism, and investment upon the state's economy.
(5) Assessing the need for and effect of federal, regional, and state cooperation in economic development policies and programs.
(6) Developing and evaluating legislative proposals concerning the issues specified in this section.
[ 1985 c 467 § 19. Formerly RCW 44.52.030.]



Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsStaff support.

The committee shall receive the necessary staff support from both the senate and house staff resources.
[ 1985 c 467 § 20. Formerly RCW 44.52.040.]



Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsTravel expenses.

The members of the committee shall serve without additional compensation, but shall be reimbursed for their travel expenses, in accordance with RCW 44.04.120, incurred while attending sessions of the committee or meetings of any subcommittee of the committee, while engaged on other committee business authorized by the committee, and while going to and coming from committee sessions or committee meetings.
[ 1985 c 467 § 21. Formerly RCW 44.52.050.]



Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsExpenses.

All expenses incurred by the committee, including salaries and expenses of employees, shall be paid upon voucher forms as provided by the auditor and signed by the chairperson or vice chairperson of the committee and attested by the secretary of the committee, and the authority of the chairperson and secretary to sign vouchers shall continue until their successors are selected after each ensuing session of the legislature. Vouchers may be drawn on funds appropriated generally by the legislature for legislative expenses or upon any special appropriation which may be provided by the legislature for the expenses of the committee or both.
[ 1985 c 467 § 22. Formerly RCW 44.52.060.]



Legislative committee on economic development and international relationsCooperation with committees, agencies, and councils.

The committee shall cooperate, act, and function with legislative committees, executive agencies, and with the councils or committees of other states similar to this committee and with other interstate research organizations.
[ 1985 c 467 § 23. Formerly RCW 44.52.070.]



Sports mentoring program.

(1) The sports mentoring program is established to enable eligible nonprofit community-based organizations to provide opportunities for underserved youth to join sports teams or otherwise participate in the area of sports. The goal of the program is to support youth in building self-confidence, developing skills in the areas of goal setting and collaboration, and promoting a healthy lifestyle through forming positive relationships with peers and family, avoiding risky or delinquent behavior, and achieving educational success. Proceeds from the Seattle Mariners special license plate, issued under RCW 46.18.200, must be deposited into the Seattle Mariners account in accordance with RCW 46.68.420. Funds in the account may only be used, except as provided under RCW 46.68.420(6), for grants to support youth to stay in school, participate in sports, and receive mentorships.
(2) The office of lieutenant governor will collaborate with the association of Washington generals to issue competitive grants to eligible organizations. The following criteria must be used to prioritize applications:
(a) Services provided by the organization to program participants are provided without a fee;
(b) Eligible organizations must assist children with enrolling in sports through their parents, guardians, or coach; and
(c) Eligible organizations must provide professional staff support to the mentor, child, and parent.
(3) Eligible organizations must meet the following requirements:
(a) Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization;
(b) Conduct national criminal background checks for all employees and volunteer mentors who work with children;
(c) Have adopted standards for care including staff training, health and safety standards, and mechanisms for assessing and enforcing the program's compliance with the standards adopted;
(d) Ensure that sixty percent or more of the children they serve are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch;
(e) Provide free, direct services to children through volunteer mentoring; and
(f) Provide professional oversight of all mentoring relationships for each child served.

NOTES:

Effective date2018 c 67 §§ 3-8: "Sections 3 through 8 of this act take effect January 1, 2019." [ 2018 c 67 § 9.]



Effective date1985 c 467.

This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety, the support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect July 1, 1985.
[ 1985 c 467 § 26. Formerly RCW 44.52.901.]