Governor signs bill to protect taxpayer privacy and clean up tax code

Larry-Springer-45th-DistrictState Rep. Larry Springer sponsors legislation to improve government efficiency
A bill to protect individuals from identity theft and clean up tax code was signed into law by Gov. Chris Gregoire today.
In a continued effort to promote government efficiency, Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) introduced House Bill 1597, which improves the consistency of numerous sections in the current tax code, removes repetitive and outdated language in tax codes, and provides greater protection for social security numbers of individuals in the state.
“This legislation not only increases protection for individual privacy, but also clarifies ambiguities and makes changes to our tax code that will make things easier for taxpayers,” Springer said.
Springer also introduced legislation this session to help local governments respond to increased financial challenges by utilizing already existing funds. Springer’s House Bill 3179, which expands opportunities for cities and counties to use existing revenue sources with more flexibility such as gambling taxes and criminal justice taxes, has been delivered to the governor.
“This is a way to increase support for our cities and counties without raising additional taxes,” Springer said. “We’re in tough times, and this legislation helps remedy a financial predicament by removing current restrictions placed on cities and counties.”
The main components of House Bill 3179 will take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed, and the main components of House Bill 1597 will take effect July 1, 2010.