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Record No: CB 119594    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119594
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 8/12/2019
Ordinance No: Ord 125890
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to interpretations, corrections, and revisions of the Seattle Municipal Code; creating the position of code reviser; authorizing the code reviser to correct and revise nonsubstantive errors in the Seattle Municipal Code; adding rules of construction for the Seattle Municipal Code; amending Section 1.01.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code; and adding a new Chapter 1.03 and Sections 1.04.030, 1.04.040, 1.04.050, 1.04.060, 1.04.070, and 1.04.080 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Bruce Harrell
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to interpretations, corrections, and revisions of the Seattle Municipal Code; creating the position of code reviser; authorizing the code reviser to correct and revise nonsubstantive errors in the Seattle Municipal Code; adding rules of construction for the Seattle Municipal Code; amending Section 1.01.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code; and adding a new Chapter 1.03 and Sections 1.04.030, 1.04.040, 1.04.050, 1.04.060, 1.04.070, and 1.04.080 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, a clear, accurate, and accessible municipal code eliminates barriers between residents and the laws that govern them; and
WHEREAS, the Seattle Municipal Code currently has relatively few general rules of construction that apply to the entire code and are intended to clarify otherwise confusing issues; and
WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 13.B of the Seattle City Charter states that "The City Clerk shall maintain a compilation of all ordinances enacted each year"; and
WHEREAS, the work of this compilation normally is performed by a company specializing in codification, in consultation with the City Attorney's Office; and
WHEREAS, since 1951, the State of Washington has had a code reviser pursuant to RCW 1.08.013, with enumerated powers, listed in RCW 1.08.015, to codify and revise laws; and
WHEREAS, The City of Seattle wishes to provide for a code reviser to demonstrate to its residents a commitment to a clear, accurate, and accessible municipal code; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 1.01.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 110757, is amended as follows:
1.01.020 Copies as proof of ordinances ((.))
In accordance with RCW 35.21.550 (((Chapter 7, Section 35.21.550, Laws of Washington 1965))), copies of the Seattle Municipal Code shall be received in all courts and administrative tribunals of the City and...

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