WSR 98-14-117

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

[Filed July 1, 1998, 10:24 a.m.]



Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-780 WAC, WIC farmers' market nutrition program, the sanctions section is being revised to comply with regulatory reform and the language is changed throughout to provide more clarity and consistency with the farmers' market contract, the grower's agreement, and the federal regulations. In addition, sections are rearranged for better flow and understanding.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.70.120.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule needs to be revised to comply with regulatory reform and to bring the rule, the farmers' market contract, the grower's agreement, and the federal regulations into accordance with one another.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Department of Agriculture establishes the federal regulations which govern the program. The Washington State Department of Agriculture provides some funding for the WIC farmers' market nutrition program in Washington state but has no rule regulating this subject. The Department of Health consults with the Washington State Department of Agriculture in development of all materials used in operating the program.

Process for Developing New Rule: The WIC farmers' market nutrition program plans to do mass mailings of the proposed rule revision to all farmers' markets, growers, local agency staff, Washington State Department of Agriculture staff and other interested or affected parties to solicit input.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Sheryl Pickering, WIC Program, P.O. Box 47886, Olympia, WA 98504-7886, voice (360) 236-3655, fax (360) 586-3890, e-mail sjp0303@hub.doh.wa.gov.

June 29, 1998

Kris Van Gorkom

Deputy Secretary

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