Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman on Monday applauded the inclusion of the planned Washington State Library-Archives Building in the state House’s proposed 2019-2021 capital budget.

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman

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“This budget proposal recognizes the urgent need we have for modern protection of Washington’s irreplaceable historical documents,” Wyman said in a prepared statement. “I am grateful that House leadership agrees, and I hope the Senate also recognizes the state must have a building able to meet modern standards for protected long-term storage and full public access.”

The building would be constructed adjacent to other state office buildings on the capitol’s south campus and would allow the Secretary of State’s office to consolidate its operations, currently located across six leased facilities, into a single location.

House Bill 2015, the building’s investment proposal, passed unanimously out of committee and is awaiting approval of the full House, according to a press release. In 2018, the Legislature appropriated $5 million for design working and project planning for the building. Wyman’s project proposal includes siting, architectural, and financing plans for the new building.

In addition to managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing use of the state flag and seal, the office of Secretary of State manages the State Archives and State Library, documents “extraordinary stories” in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees, and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect crime victims.