A proposed bill to finance a new combined Library-Archives Building in Tumwater has passed the Senate and House and moves one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Senate voted 41-7 last Thursday to pass House Bill 2015, which cleared the House 92-5 on April 9. The legislation, which now awaits Governor Inslee’s signature, authorizes the Office of Secretary of State to charge an additional $2 for recording documents with counties, an increase that will revert back once the building is paid off.

“For too long, Washington’s historic records have been at critical risk of disaster from flooding and fire because of the inadequacies of the current State Archives building. Further, there are irreplaceable territorial documents stored in an office building in Tumwater because we don’t have an appropriate State Library to house them,” stated Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “I’m grateful to the Legislature for showing that they understand how much Washingtonians deserve proper records preservation and access, as well as the financial efficiencies that will come with the new building.”

When completed, the $108 million building in the South Campus area will house Office of Secretary of State divisions that currently occupy a number of rented facilities in and around Olympia, and provide protected storage and public access to State Library collections and State Archives records.