WHEREAS, upon taking office I pledged to pursue the principles of regulatory improvement to streamline and simplify the operations of state government. As part of that commitment it is necessary to periodically review existing executive orders and to eliminate those that are unnecessary, confusing or ineffective.

WHEREAS, as a result of this ongoing review, in 1997 I rescinded seventy-five executive orders (see Executive Order 97-04), reducing the total number of operative orders by approximately fifty percent.

WHEREAS, the Office of the Governor and executive branch agencies have identified five additional executive orders that are no longer necessary and can be rescinded immediately.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary Locke, Governor of the State of Washington, in keeping with the principles of regulatory reform and improvement, continue my commitment to streamline and simplify the operations of state government by eliminating unnecessary, outdated, and conflicting policies and directives of the Office of the Governor. To accomplish that purpose, by virtue of the power vested in me, I hereby order and direct that the following executive orders be rescinded:

EO 91-04, relating to the establishment of the Governor's Council on Education Reform and Funding.

EO 91-09, relating to general fund allotment reductions.

EO 93-05, relating to state travel procedures.

EO 93-08, relating to the Council on Agriculture and the Environment.

EO 95-02, relating to the Governor's Higher Education Task Force.

  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the State of Washington to be Affixed at Olympia this 14th day of December A.D., Nineteen hundred and ninety-eight.


Governor of Washington

Secretary of State