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Some boards slashed, others escape

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
March 30, 2010 1:33 pm

Legislators eliminated 45 state boards in a law Gov. Chris Gregoire signed Monday.

It was more than the 18 boards lawmakers trimmed from the state budget last year, though short of what Gregoire asked for.

Lawmakers have now eliminated nearly as many as Gregoire herself has cut through executive action. Together, they have killed off somewhere in the neighborhood of 130 boards from a list that originally included 470 of the fast-multiplying bodies.

The cost of the boards is minimal compared to a $2.8 billion budget shortfall, since many meet infrequently and pay only the expenses of their members. And legislators took some of the more expensive boards off the chopping block. The new law is expected to save about $3.3 million over the next five years.

A few of the winners and losers:

These boards will cease to exist on or before June 30.

  • Airport Impact Mitigation Advisory Board
  • Basic Health Advisory Committee
  • Board on Correctional Training Standards
  • Board on Law Enforcement Training Standards
  • Citizen’s Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
  • Combined Fund Drive Committee
  • Committee on Agency Official’s Salaries
  • Community Transition Coordination Networks Advisory Committee
  • Department of Information Services Customer Advisory Board
  • Driver Instructor Advisory Committee
  • Emergency Medical Services Licensing and Certification Advisory Committee
  • Employee Retirement Benefits Board
  • Environmental Land Use Hearings Board
  • Family Practice Education Advisory Board
  • Fire Protection Policy Board
  • Forest Fire Advisory Board
  • Hazardous Substance Mixed Waste Advisory Board
  • Health and Welfare Advisory Board and Property and Liability Advisory Board
  • HECB Advisory Council
  • HECB Research Advisory Group
  • Industry Cluster Advisory Committee
  • Integrated Justice Information Board
  • Interagency Integrated Pest Management Coordinating Committee
  • Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee
  • K-20 Educational Network Board
  • K-20 Network Technical Steering Committee
  • Land Bank Technical Advisory Committee
  • Mortgage Broker Commission
  • Oil Spill Advisory Committee
  • Olympic Natural Resources Center Policy Advisory Board
  • On-site Sewage Disposal Systems Alternative Systems Technical Review Committee
  • On-site Wastewater Technical Advisory Committee
  • Pesticide Advisory Board
  • Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group Advisory Board
  • Revenue-Simplified Sales and Use Tax Administrative Advisory Group
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee
  • Special License Plate Review Board
  • State Board on Geographic Names
  • Strategic Health Care Planning Office Technical Advisory Committee
  • Veteran’s Innovation Program Board
  • Washington Main Street Advisory Committee.
  • Title and Registration Advisory Committee
  • Water Supply Advisory Committee

A year later, The Vehicle Equipment Safety Commission and the Western States School Bus Safety Commission are scheduled to go away.

These are a few of the boards that were targeted but survived.

  • Migratory Waterfowl Art Committee
  • Midwifery Advisory Committee
  • Livestock Identification Advisory Board
  • Real Estate Appraiser Commission
  • Women’s History Consortium Board of Advisors (will now be limited to two meetings a year)
  • Athletic Training Advisory Committee
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics Advisory Committee
  • Property and Liability Advisory Board
  • Family Policy Council
  • Council for Children and Families
  • Capital Projects Advisory Review Board
  • Advisory Council on Adult Education
  • Agricultural Burning Practices and Research Task Force
  • Capital Campus Design Advisory Committee
  • Children and Families with Incarcerated Parents Advisory Committee
  • Children’s Services Advisory Committee
  • Citizen’s Committee on Pipeline Safety
  • Escrow Commission
  • Eastern State Hospital Advisory Board
  • Western State Hospital Advisory Board
  • Fairs Commission
  • Firearms and Archery Range Recreation Advisory Committee
  • Home Inspector Licensing Advisory Board
  • Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers Advisory Committee
  • Motorcycle Safety Education Advisory Board
  • Naturopathic Advisory Committee
  • Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Advisory Board
  • Performance Audit Citizen Advisory Board
  • Pesticide Incident Reporting and Tracking Review
  • Problem Gambling Advisory Committee
  • Well Drilling Technical Advisory Group
  • Workforce Training Customer Advisory Committee
CA   F
2.) Reno, NV   F
3.) Billings, MT  F
4.) Riverside, CA  F
5.) Austin, TX    F
6.) St. Louis, MO  F
7.) San Antonio, TX   F
8.) Lubbock, TX   F
9.) Tucson, AZ          F
10.) Bakersfield, CA  F
11.) Las Vegas, NV  F
12.) Modesto, CA   F
13.) Columbia, SC  F
14.) Nashville, TN   D-
15.) Madison, WI  D-
16.) Colorado Springs, CO  D-
17.) Denver, CO          D-
18.) Phoenix, AZ   D-
19.) Cheyenne, WY  D-
20.) Sacramento, CA   D-
21.) New Orleans, LA          D-
22.) Toledo, OH   D
23.) Aurora, CO          D
24.) El Paso, TX   D
25.) Corpus Christi, TX         D
26.) Fargo, ND          D
27.) San Diego, CA   D
28.) Lexington, KY  D
29.) Tampa, FL          D
30.) Albuquerque, NM  D
31.) Oklahoma City, OK         D+
32.) Tulsa, OK   D+
33.) Jacksonville, FL  D+
34.) Detroit, MI  D+
35.) Boise City, ID  D+
36.) Kansas City, MO  D+
37.) Washington, DC  D+
38.) Montgomery, AL   D+
39.) Omaha, NE           D+
40.) Portland, OR  D+
41.) Anchorage, AK   D+
42.) Birmingham, AL  D+
43.) Greensboro, NC  C-
44.) Wichita, KS   C-
45.) St. Petersburg, FL         C-
46.) Burlington, VT  C-
47.) Houston, TX  C-
48.) Los Angeles, CA  C-
49.) Charleston, WV   C
50.) Orlando, FL  C
51.) Spokane, WA  C
52.) Lincoln, NE  C
53.) Arlington, TX  C
54.) Des Moines, IA   C
55.) Fort Worth, TX   C
56.) Providence, RI  C
57.) Anaheim, CA   C
58.) Milwaukee, WI  C
59.) Pittsburgh, PA  C
60.) Baltimore, MD  C
61.) Indianapolis, IN  C
62.) Louisville, KY  C
63.) Raleigh, NC  C
64.) Seattle, WA  C+
65.) Grand Rapids, MI         C+
66.) Buffalo, NY  C+
67.) Wilmington, DE  C+
68.) Hartford, CT  C+
69.) Sioux Falls, SD  C+
70.) Virginia Beach, VA         C+
71.) Memphis, TN  C+
72.) Cincinnati, OH  C+
73.) Cleveland, OH  C+
74.) Charlotte, NC  C+
75.) Oakland, CA  C+
76.) Little Rock, AR  B-
77.) Dallas, TX          B-
78.) Richmond, VA  B-
79.) San Jose, CA  B-
80.) Minneapolis, MN  B-
81.) Jackson, MS  B-
82.) Jersey City, NJ  B-
83.) Columbus, OH  B-
84.) Atlanta, GA  B-
85.) Chicago, IL  B
86.) San Francisco, CA         B
87.) St. Paul, MN  B
88.) Honolulu, HI   B
89.) Philadelphia, PA  B+
90.) Portland, ME  B+
91.) Manchester, NH  B+
92.) Fort Wayne, IN   A-
93.) New York, NY  A-
94.) Durham, NC          A
95.) Newark, NH          A
96.) Miami, FL   A
97.) Salt Lake City, UT    A
98.) Rochester, NY  A+
99.) Yonkers, NY  A+
100.) Boston, MA  A+
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