WSR 99-05-083

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

OFFICE OF MINORITY

AND WOMEN'S BUSINESS ENTERPRISES

[ Filed February 17, 1999, 11:46 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 326-02-034 Political subdivision fees.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 39.19.030(7).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Charges have been assessed to political subdivisions of the state for the administration of the state's minority and women's business enterprise certification since the 1993-95 biennium. The formula used to calculate the amounts due was developed initially by a small group of the affected subdivisions. It was modified during the 1995-97 biennium as more subdivisions were phased in.

Today, a significant number of political subdivisions affected by this rule have not had the opportunity to give input on the formula. The office is inviting all subdivisions currently being charged to review the formula before the next biennium's charges are calculated.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Juan Huey-Ray, Rules Coordinator, phone (360) 704-1188, fax (360) 586-7079, Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, P.O. Box 41160, Olympia, WA 98504-1160. All comments must be received by April 27, 1999.

February 12, 1999

James A. Medina

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office