WSR 99-15-080

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed July 20, 1999, 1:27 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Making driving on tidelands an infraction.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.15.020.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Driving on razor clam beaches kills immature clams, and is a form of wastage. Making this an infraction would allow for easier enforcement and accomplish the protection necessary. Since most traffic offenses are currently infractions, this would comport with previous legislative action regarding driving offenses.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Bruce Bjork, Enforcement Program Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2373. Contact by October 15, 1999, expected proposal filing November 3, 1999.

July 20, 1999

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office