WSR 99-07-099

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed March 23, 1999, 11:14 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-17 WAC, Workers' compensation general reporting rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.16.035 and 51.04.020(1).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Labor and industries is required by law to establish rules which govern the reporting and collection of premiums applicable to the workers' compensation classification plan. Labor and industries will be working with the business community to identify the rules which are difficult to understand and replace them if needed with clearer and easier to understand rules using the clear rule-writing format.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Labor and industries will solicit input from the business community through mail surveys, focus meetings and informal public meetings.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Labor and industries will notify businesses by mail when focus and informal public meetings have been scheduled. Individuals interested in participating in preliminary meetings can contact Ken Woehl or Sandra Chakones of the classification services unit at (360) 902-4776.

March 22, 1999

Gary Moore

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office