WSR 97-09-109

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

(Economic Services Administration)

[Filed April 23, 1997, 11:36 a.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Party status rights for physical custodians in Division of Child Support support establishment proceedings.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 34.05.220(1), 74.20A.055.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: At the present time, only nonassistance custodial parents have party status rights in support establishment proceedings. DCS wishes to extend party status rights to all physical custodians in the DCS caseload, regardless of whether the family receives public assistance, by amending existing WAC 388-11-400 through 388-11-430.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and those persons wishing to participate in developing the new rules are encouraged to contact Nancy Koptur at DCS headquarters prior to June 13, 1997, when DCS intends to file the CR-102 and draft rules.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Nancy Koptur, DCS Headquarters, P.O. Box 9162, Mailstop 45860, Olympia, WA 98507-9162, phone (360) 586-3077, FAX (360) 586-3274, TTY/TDD (360) 753-9122, e-mail nkopur@dshs.wa.gov [nkoptur@dshs.wa.gov].

April 21, 1997

Philip A. Wozniak, Director

Administrative Services

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office