"The legislature finds that Washington state is widely recognized as being a steady leader in advancing rights and opportunities for women in all spheres of life. The legislature declares its intent to initiate the establishment of a Washington women's history consortium. This will improve the availability of historical information about the many actions taken by Washingtonians which have resulted in such notable and influential achievements for women and girls, for use by citizens, educators, researchers, and historians." [2005 c 391 § 1.]
The board of advisors shall consist of fifteen members. The governor shall appoint eleven members to the board of advisors. Two members of the senate, one each representing the two largest caucuses of the senate, shall be appointed by the president of the senate, and two members of the house of representatives, one each representing the two largest caucuses of the house of representatives[,] shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
Key responsibilities of the board of advisors include:
Within available resources, the consortium responsibilities include:
The consortium board of advisors shall provide a report to the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2006, addressing the following: