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Human Rights Commission

RCW 49.60

The Human Rights Commission works to eliminate and prevent discrimination throughout Washington through investigation and enforcement of violations of the Washington Law Against Discrimination, RCW 49.60. Commission staff are responsible for investigating and resolving complaints relating to employment; real estate transactions; credit and insurance transactions; in places of public accommodation based on race; creed; color; national origin; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity; marital status; familial status; age; disability; honorably discharged veterans or military status; HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C status; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability; use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability; status as a mother breastfeeding her child; whistleblower retaliation of the following types: state employees, state hospital residents or employees, conveyances, in matters involving the Department of Health, health care, DSHS Public Benefits; and retaliation for opposing an unfair practice. Administrative support provides the infrastructure to ensure that the core work of the agency can be done effectively and efficiently. The five commission members, appointed by the Governor, engage in rule making, set overall agency policy direction and approve all findings for complaints investigated by staff.

Agency Mission

The mission of the Human Rights Commission is to prevent and eliminate discrimination through the fair application of the law, the efficient use of resources and the establishment of productive partnerships with the community.
Request 8,326,000
Net change from current biennium 75,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 0.91% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
2,725,344 111,344 General Fund - Federal 1,386,811 2,614,000 2,491,000
5,637,000 General Fund - State 4,200,790 5,637,000 5,835,000
190,000 190,000 Pension Funding Stabilization Acct - State 190,000
8,552,344 301,344 Total Appropriated Funds 5,777,601 8,251,000 8,326,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

2019-21 Non-Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Balance Non-Apropriated Funds 2017-19 Actual 2019-21 Estimated 2021-23 Proposed
State Agency Ofc Relocat Pool Acct - Nonappropriated 5,250
150,780 150,780 Info Tech Invest Rev Acct - Nonappropriated
150,780 150,780 Total Non-Appropriated Funds 5,250

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 2,823,782 3,269,032 1,311,437 4,195,000 4,131,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
201,927 3.6% (1,202,381) (20.8%) 3,745,530 81.8%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Estimated 2020-21 Estimated 2021-22 Proposed 2022-23 Proposed
FTE Staff Years 21.6 23.4 22.0 37.1 41.6