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: