WSR 02-06-092

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

[ Filed March 4, 2002, 8:05 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amend chapter 415-103 WAC, Washington State Patrol retirement system (WSPRS), to make changes required by ESB 5143 (2001), also known as chapter 329, Laws of 2001.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.50.050(5); statutes contained within SB 5143 and within chapter 43.43 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rule making is needed to implement WSPRS Plan 2 (a new retirement plan), which becomes effective January 1, 2003.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Department staff will work on the project, with the assistance of the Office of the Attorney General. The public is invited and encouraged to participate, as described below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. The Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) encourages your active participation in the rule-making process. Anyone interested in participating should contact the rules coordinator, below. After the rule(s) is drafted, DRS will file a copy with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making, and send a copy to everyone currently on the mailing list and anyone else who requests a copy. For more information on how to participate, please contact Merry A. Kogut, Rules Coordinator, Department of Retirement Systems, Mailstop 48380, P.O. Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380, voice (360) 664-7291, TTY (360) 586-5450, e-mail merryk@drs.wa.gov, fax (360) 753-3166.

February 28, 2002

Merry A. Kogut

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office