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Concerning governmental continuity during emergency periods (Takko, Zeiger, Pedersen)

Finds that the ability of government to fulfill its constitutional and statutory responsibilities by continuing to conduct essential functions and services during the periods of significant disruption that follow catastrophic incidents requires both continuity of operations planning by individual agencies and continuity of government planning by state and local government. Requires all levels and branches of government to conduct planning and preparation for continuity of operations and government to assist in fulfilling these responsibilities. Takes effect if the proposed amendment to Article II, section 42 of the state Constitution, providing governmental continuity during emergency periods resulting from a catastrophic incident, is approved by the voters at the next general election.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 1ST SUBSTITUTE (Ways & Means)
(1) Excludes an event resulting from individuals exercising their rights, under the first amendment, of freedom of speech, and other people peaceably to assemble from the definition of catastrophic incident. (2) Makes the direction to the Military Department for establishing a program to assist state and local governments for continuity of government planning subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for the specific purpose.

HOUSE COMMITTEE (Public Safety) STRIKER AMENDMENT:
(1) Removes current law references to continuity of government procedures in the event of an "enemy attack" (but retains "enemy attack" within the definition of "catastrophic incident"). (2) Removes the exception in the definition of "catastrophic incident" for events resulting from individuals exercising their first amendment rights.

Hearing Date: Monday, February 19, 2018 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6011&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)