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Forensic Investigations Council - Current Law

RCW 43.103

The Washington State Forensic Investigations Council is responsible for overseeing the state toxicology laboratory, the Washington State Patrol crime laboratory, and the death investigations system in the state. The council controls the toxicology laboratory's operation. The council approves the budget for the Washington State Patrol crime laboratory prior to formal submittal to the Office of Financial Management. The council facilitates the provision of resources necessary for the performance of autopsies by qualified pathologists. These autopsies are essential to the criminal justice and death investigation systems of this state and its counties. The council facilitates the development of relevant death investigation and sudden childhood death training for county coroners, medical examiners, law enforcement officers, and other first responders.

Agency Mission

To improve public safety and health, the Washington State Forensic Investigations Council preserves and enhances the quality of death investigation and criminal justice forensic services.
Request 822,000
Net change from current biennium 68,000 Increase
Percent change from current biennium 9.0% Increase

Operating Budget: Summary

Appropriated Funds

2021-23 Appropriations Appropriated Funds Expenditures
Amount Estimated Balance   2019-21 Actual 2021-23 Estimated 2023-25 Proposed
754,000 Death Investigations Account - State 484,738 754,000 822,000
754,000 Total Appropriated Funds 484,738 754,000 822,000

Non-Appropriated Funds

Operating Budget: Program Summary

Program Title Actual Estimated Proposed
Actual Estimated Estimated Proposed Proposed
Annual Total 266,998 241,197 62,993 394,000 428,000

Operating Budget: Change from Preceding Biennium

Actual Estimated Proposed
Amount Percent Amount Percent Amount Percent
96,406 24.8% (180,548) (37.2%) 517,810 170.2%

Employment Summary

  Actual Estimated Proposed
  2020-21 Actual 2021-22 Estimated 2022-23 Estimated 2023-24 Proposed 2024-25 Proposed
FTE Staff Years