WSR 04-07-089

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed March 16, 2004, 10:26 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-13-044 on June 11, 2003.

Title of Rule: Amending WAC 388-273-0025 Benefits you receive as a WTAP participant, 388-273-0030 How you can apply for WTAP, and 388-273-0035 What we reimburse the local telephone company.

Purpose: These rule changes are necessary to limit reimbursements to telephone companies in order to keep the Washington telephone assistance program (WTAP) fund within budget and to add community service voice mail (CSVM) as a WTAP benefit as mandated by the 2003 legislative session, chapter 134, Laws of 2003.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 80.36.440.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, chapter 80.36 RCW, chapter 134, Laws of 2003.

Summary: These changes clarify the WTAP payment limit for reimbursable services; streamline billing procedures for the WTAP program; and add community service voice mail (CSVM) as a WTAP benefit.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Since limiting the reimbursement levels by emergency rule on June 1, 2003, the fund has stabilized and monthly expenditures no longer exceed monthly revenues.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Steve Ebben, 1009 College S.E., Lacey, WA 98504, (360) 413-3096.

Name of Proponent: Department of Social and Health Services, governmental.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: See Title of Rule, Purpose, Summary, and Reasons Supporting Proposal above.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See Title of Rule, Purpose, Summary, and Reasons Supporting Proposal above.

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

Small Business Economic Impact Statement
Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 04-08 issue of the Register.

A copy of the statement may be obtained by writing to Steve Ebben, Policy Analyst, Economic Services Administration, Division of Employment and Assistance Programs, Mailstop 45470, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 413-3096, fax (360) 413-3493.

RCW 34.05.328 applies to this rule adoption. These amendments meet the definition of significant legislative rules. A small business economic impact statement, which contains a cost benefit analysis, has been completed, and may be obtained from the person listed above.

Hearing Location: Blake Office Park (behind Goodyear Courtesy Tire), 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Rose Room, Lacey, WA 98503, on May 11, 2004, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Andy Fernando, DSHS Rules Coordinator, by May 7, 2004, phone (360) 664-6094, TTY (360) 664-6178, e-mail fernaax@dshs.wa.gov.

Submit Written Comments to: Identify WAC Numbers, DSHS Rules Coordinator, Rules and Policies Assistance Unit, mail to P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, deliver to 4500 10th Avenue S.E., Lacey, WA, fax (360) 664-6185, e-mail fernaax@dshs.wa.gov, by 5:00 p.m., May 11, 2004.

Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than May 12, 2004.

March 12, 2004

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 04-08 issue of the Register.

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