WSR 99-07-026

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

[ Filed March 10, 1999, 9:12 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amend rules to comply with new laws, recodifications and rule revisions. Clarify that certain rules apply only to Teacher's Retirement System (TRS) Plan 1.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.50.050.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Amend rules to:

Comply with RCW 41.32.802 (1)(a), 41.50.790, 41.32.530 (2)(b), 41.40.188 (2)(b), (3)(c), and 41.40.660 (3)(c) passed after rules were adopted;
Clarify that certain rules apply only to TRS Plan 1;
Conform to clear rule-writing principles;
Update references to conform to recodification of RCW 41.40.120 to RCW 41.40.023;
Update rule references to conform to chapter 415-108 WAC revisions of 1998.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Because the department already has existing rules on this subject in place, the department did not seek input on the preliminary draft prior to filing the CR-101. Copies of the draft rules will be circulated to interested parties for comment. Interested parties include those persons known to the department, such as state employees, family members and any other person who requests a copy and/or opportunity to comment.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Elyette M. Weinstein, Rules Coordinator, phone (360) 664-7307, fax (360) 664-3618, Legal/Legislative Affairs, Department of Retirement Systems, Mailstop 48380, P.O. Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380.

March 9, 1999

Elyette M. Weinstein

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office