PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Title 390 WAC, rules relating to independent expenditures, last minute contributions, exempt activities, sample ballots and slate cards, definition of caucus of the state legislature and reports for nonreporting committees.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.17.370(1).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Public Disclosure Commission will consider new rules and rule amendments to implement chapter 42.17 RCW, case law interpreting chapter 42.17 RCW and to simplify and streamline the campaign reporting process for candidates and committees.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: At its meeting on March 25, 2002, the commission is expected to discuss whether to move forward with new and amended rules covering the aforementioned topics. Public comment will be welcome at this meeting.
Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by March 23, 2002, to Doug Ellis, Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908. Written comments received by Monday, March 18, 2002, will be provided to commissioners in advance of the meeting.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting the PDC Director of Public Outreach, Doug Ellis, Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908, phone (360) 664-2735, toll free 1-877-601-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A public hearing on these matters may occur on April 23, 2002.
January 29, 2002