Governor signs Rep. Dent’s legislation regarding the Washington State Beef Commission

Legislation to provide the Washington State Beef Commission clear direction on their priorities and improve the transparency of its financial operation has been signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Rep. Tom Dent said House Bill 2073 is the result of farmers, ranchers and others in the beef industry meeting over the last year to improve the operation of the Commission.

“The Beef Commission has done great work. This legislation just ensures the Commission is using their funds efficiently and effectively by requiring some financial transparency and accountability,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “It also provides clarity in the RCW’s by outlining the commission’s priorities and responsibilities.”

Under the new law, the Commission will be required to submit a detailed and concise budget and expenditure report to the Legislature at the end of the fiscal year. The commission will also focus on promoting the beef industry, engage in health and safety research and education, provide support to the industry, and maintain efforts to increase beef consumption.

The Commission consists of nine commissioners, including the director of the state Department of Agriculture who appoints the other eight members. Commissioners serve three-year terms.

The bill takes effect July 22, 2017.

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