(1) The legislative budget committee may lawfully expend funds remaining from the appropriation for paying the expenses of the thirty-third legislature. (2) The legislative council may make available a portion of the funds appropriated to it for the expenses of the legislative budget committee.
Funds appropriated for the expenses of the legislative council may be made available to the interim committee on industrial insurance. The Governor may make available money from his fund for investigations and emergency purposes to the interim committee on industrial insurance. The Governor may not make available money from the emergency fund for salaries, wages and expenses of state departments, offices, and institutions, to such committee.
The prior approval of two-thirds of the membership of the legislative council is required before the council has the authority to conduct any public hearings or investigations under RCW 44.24.020 (3).
With respect to the Legislative Council, Columbia Basin Commission, Highway Commission and Washington State Power Commission, the "per diem rates provided by law provision" contained in section 1, chapter 288, Laws of 1953, (the general appropriations act) is not affected by the limitations contained in chapter 259, Laws of 1953, but must be construed with reference to the enabling acts setting up such bodies.