WSR 99-22-068

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed November 1, 1999, 4:01 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 99-18-093.

Title of Rule: Recreational licenses.

Purpose: Combine the two-day fishing license and the two-day shellfish license, thereby creating one short-term fishing/shellfish license.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.32.470(5).

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.32.470(5).

Summary: By combining the two two-day licenses, the department can offer a simplified short-term fishing license.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Further streamlines recreational license issuance by reducing license types and generates additional revenue for wildlife fund.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Diane Ludwig, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, (360) 902-2456; Implementation: Bruce Crawford, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, (360) 902-2453; and Enforcement: Bruce Bjork, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, (360) 902-2373.

Name of Proponent: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: This rule would combine the department's two-day fishing licenses into one short-term fishing and shellfish license. The purpose of this rule is to further streamline the department's recreational license structure. We anticipate additional revenue being generated for the wildlife fund.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

A small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

Small Business Economic Impact Statement

1. Description of the Reporting, Recordkeeping, and Other Compliance Measures Required by the Proposed Rule: No new records or reporting requirements are necessary.

2. Kinds of Professional Services That a Small Business Is Likely to Need in Order to Comply with Such Requirements: None required.

3. Costs of Compliance for Business, Including Costs of Equipment, Supplies, Labor, and Increased Administrative Costs: No costs.

4. Will Compliance with the Rule Cause Business to Lose Sales or Revenue? The WDFW does not have statistical information related to the number of recreational license buyers who are buying both short-term licenses for the same period of time. We are estimating that 10% of the license buying population may buy both licenses for the same time period. If so, license dealerships would lose roughly $1,250 collectively or approximately $1.75 per dealership.

5. Cost of Compliance for the 10% of Businesses That Are the Largest Businesses Required to Comply with the Proposed Rules Using One or More of the Following as a Basis for Comparing Costs: Cost per employee; cost per hour of labor; or cost per one hundred dollars of sales: There are no costs to businesses for complying with new rule.

6. Steps Taken by Agency to Reduce the Costs of the Rule on Small Businesses or Reasonable Justification for Not Doing So: No steps taken as there are no costs associated with implementation of new rule.

7. A Description of How the Agency Will Involve Small Businesses in the Development of the Rule: Proposed rule has been reviewed by members of the dealer advisory action team and notification of the proposed rule change will be made in the Fish and Wildlife Commission published agenda.

8. A List of Industries That Will Be Required to Comply with this Rule: WDFW license dealerships.

A copy of the statement may be obtained by writing to Diane Ludwig, License Sales Manager, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2456, fax (360) 902-2945.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. These are not hydraulics rules.

Hearing Location: Double Tree Hotel at the Quay, 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA, on December 10-11, 1999, at 8:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Debbie Nelson by November 23, 1999, TDD (360) 902-2207, or (360) 902-2226.

Submit Written Comments to: Fax (360) 902-2945, by December 6, 1999.

Date of Intended Adoption: December 10, 1999.

November 1, 1999

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-55-170
Reduced rate combination temporary fishing and shellfish license.

There is hereby created a combination temporary fishing and shellfish license that is valid for two consecutive days and allows the holder to fish for and possess fish and shellfish taken from state and offshore waters. The fee for this license is six dollars for both residents and nonresidents. This license is not valid for game fish species for an eight-consecutive-day period beginning on the opening day of the lowland lake fishing season.

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