WSR 99-07-084

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed March 18, 1999, 3:01 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Permanent renewal of brands - Heritage brands.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 16.57.023.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To establish criteria and fees for the permanent renewal of brands registered by the Department of Agriculture as passed during the 1998 legislative session.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Working with industry associations and stakeholder groups.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Julie C. Sandberg, Assistant Director, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Consumer and Producer Protection Division, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1852, fax (360) 902-2086.

March 16, 1999

Julie C. Sandberg

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office