WSR 02-08-083

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed April 3, 2002, 11:04 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-675 WAC, Calibration services.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 19.94 RCW, Weights and measures, RCW 19.94.216 and 19.94.315.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: It may be necessary to increase fees for service in the Washington State Department of Agriculture weights and measures program to cover the costs of furnishing the services. This proposal may increase fees within the fiscal growth factor for FY03 and retitle the WAC. The department also proposes to move sections currently located in chapter 16-674 WAC establishing fees for special inspections and tests and fees for railroad track scales to this WAC. Fees moved from chapter 16-674 WAC may also be increased within the fiscal growth factor for FY03. If this change is implemented, all fees established in rule for weights and measures services will be consolidated in a single chapter. Text may be amended to clear and readable format and updated to conform to current industry and regulatory standards.

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 will coordinate with Weights and Measures Advisory Group.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Washington State Department of Agriculture, Jerry Buendel, Program Manager, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1856, fax (360) 902-2086, e-mail jbuendel@agr.wa.gov.

April 3, 2002

Mary A. Martin Toohey

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office