WSR 05-22-059

EXPEDITED RULES

WASHINGTON CITIZENS' COMMISSION ON

SALARIES FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS

[ Filed October 31, 2005, 10:51 a.m. ]

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Amending chapter 183-04 WAC, Public records.

Purpose: To amend chapter 183-04 WAC to reflect the agency's change of address and contact telephone number and to update information on how and when the public may contact the commission.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Carol Sayer, Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials, P.O. Box 43120, Olympia, WA 98504-3120 , AND RECEIVED BY January 2, 2006.


Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To inform the public of the commission's present office location and current contact telephone number. In addition, the commission's hours of operation have changed since chapter 183-04 WAC was originally adopted. The public now can contact the commission on a year-round basis. The proposal deletes reference to requiring the public to contact the Office of Financial Management when the commission's office is closed.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To provide the public with correct contact information for the commission.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 34.05.383(c) [34.05.353 (1)(c)].

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

Name of Proponent: Washington Citizen's Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Carol Sayer, Salary Commission, P.O. Box 43120, Olympia, WA 98504-3120, (360) 725-5669.

October 31, 2005

Carol Sayer

Director

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-12-002, filed 5/23/01, effective 6/23/01)

WAC 183-04-030   Description of organization, operations, and procedures.   A description of the commission's organization and the general course and method by which the commission's operations are channeled and determined, along with the nature and requirements of all formal and informal procedures are summarized as follows:

(1) The commission is a state agency authorized by Article 28, section 1 of the state Constitution and created in chapter 43.03 RCW. The commission studies and establishes salaries for the:

(a) Governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, commissioner of public lands, and insurance commissioner;

(b) Members of the legislature; and

(c) Justices of the supreme court, and judges of the courts of appeals, superior courts, and district courts.

(2) The commission's authority and duties are described in Article 28, section 1 of the state Constitution and in chapter 43.03 RCW.

(3) Membership on the commission is described in RCW 43.03.305. The commission may delegate certain duties to subordinates but remains responsible for the official acts of staff and employees.

(4) The commission's office is located at: ((1210 Eastside Street)) 210 11th Avenue S.W., Room 301-A, General Administration Building, Olympia, Washington. The commission's telephone number is (((360) 586-7542)) 360-725-5669. The commission's fax number is (((360))) 360-586-7544. The commission's web site is at www.salaries.wa.gov and e-mails may be sent to the commission by accessing that site. The commission shall accept public records requests only at the locations and through the means described in WAC 183-04-040.

(5) The commission has an executive director who, as the chief administrative officer of the commission, is delegated authority over matters affecting the operation of the commission.

(6) As needed, the commission may also have additional staff and employees.

(7) The commission conducts its meetings in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, chapter 42.30 RCW and chapter 183-06 WAC.

(8) The commission's generally applicable statements of procedure are adopted as authorized by law and contained in Title 183 WAC.

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 34.05, 42.17 RCW. 01-12-002, 183-04-030, filed 5/23/01, effective 6/23/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-12-002, filed 5/23/01, effective 6/23/01)

WAC 183-04-040   Where and when public records may be obtained.   (1) The commission's office is not open on a full-time ((year-round)) basis. The public can find out the commission's hours of operation by contacting the commission's general mailing address, telephone number, or web site address identified in WAC 183-04-030.

(2) The public may nevertheless obtain public records ((year-round,)) as follows:

(a) Mail. The public may mail public records requests to the commission ((at any time, regardless of whether the office is open or not. When the office is closed, the commission makes arrangements for such requests to be handled)). Requests by mail shall be addressed to the commission's mailing address: The Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials, c/o Public Records Officer, P.O. Box 43120; Olympia, WA 98504-3120. The front of the envelope shall conspicuously state: "Public Records Request."

(b) E-mail. ((When the commission's office is open,)) The commission will accept public disclosure requests by e-mail. E-mail requests shall be sent to the commission by accessing the commission's web site at www.salaries.wa.gov and following the instructions for e-mail. E-mail requests shall contain the subject line "Public Records Request."

(c) Fax. ((When the commission's office is open,)) The commission will accept public disclosure requests by fax. Fax requests shall be addressed to "The Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials, c/o Public Records Officer" with the subject line "Public Records Request" and sent to (((360))) 360-586-7544.

(d) In person. In person requests shall be made during the hours identified in WAC 183-04-050. ((When the commission's office is open,)) Requests may be made in person at the commission's office at the address identified in WAC 183-04-030. ((When the commission's office is closed, requests may be made in person at the Office of Financial Management, 6639 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater, Washington. Fax requests shall be addressed to "The Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials, c/o Public Records Officer" with the subject line "Public Records Request" and sent to the office of financial management (360) 664-3423.))

(e) Telephone. Requests may not be made by telephone.

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 34.05, 42.17 RCW. 01-12-002, 183-04-040, filed 5/23/01, effective 6/23/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-12-002, filed 5/23/01, effective 6/23/01)

WAC 183-04-050   Public records available.   (1) The public may obtain public records of the commission under these rules, in accordance with chapter 42.17 RCW, and except as otherwise provided by law.

(2) Public records are available for public inspection and copying from 9:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m. to ((4:00)) 3:00 p.m. ((Monday)) Tuesday through ((Friday)) Thursday, excluding legal holidays (unless the requesting party and the commission agree on a different time) as described in WAC 183-04-040.

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 34.05, 42.17 RCW. 01-12-002, 183-04-050, filed 5/23/01, effective 6/23/01.]