Appraisal industry federal compliance
By federal law, all states must have the same qualification requirements. Effective January 1, 2015, the federal rulemaking authority will require background checks for all real property appraiser candidates. We’re seeking the authority to perform these background checks because non-compliance could lead to decertification, which could have a significant impact on Washington’s housing industry.
Confidential license plates and driver licenses
Law enforcement agencies use our confidential driver license and vehicle/vessel registration program to protect the safety of undercover officers. Despite the confidential intent of this program, undercover license plates, registrations, and driver licenses currently aren’t exempt from public disclosure. Release of this information could jeopardize law enforcement investigations and put officers at greater risk. This bill would create a public disclosure exemption and give us authority to perform background checks on employees involved in issuing confidential vehicle registrations or driver licenses.
Fuel tax public disclosure
We have historically relied on Department of Revenue’s statutes to exempt fuel tax information from public disclosure. Recent case law indicates that agencies can’t use exemptions granted under other agencies’ statutes. We’re proposing changes to both the fuel tax and public disclosure laws that would allow us to withhold taxpayer information related to fuel tax.
Prorate and fuel tax services statute rewrite
This bill would streamline and update fuel tax laws to prepare for the new fuel tax collection system. Most of the law changes are technical (no policy or fiscal impact), except for recommended changes that would:
Eliminate the requirement for fingerprint cards and financial statements when applying for a fuel tax license.
Reduce the number of fuel tax license types.
Make penalty rates uniform.
Eliminate the ability to carry forward fuel tax credit.
Require fuel terminals in Washington to report fuel inventory, receipts, and disbursements.