WSR 06-06-111

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed March 1, 2006, 11:50 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 16-302-385 Grass seed standards for certification.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3), and chapter 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This proposal is in response to industry request to modify the certification standards for fescue seed to require additional testing that can detect the presence of other contaminating species within a seed lot. These contaminates cannot be distinguished visually. This will not only bring Washington grass certification standards in alignment with other states, it will increase the quality of certified seed produced in this state.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: The Washington state department of agriculture staff will develop the specific rule proposal. In turn, seed industry representatives and the advisory committee will review and comment on the proposed rule amendments. Interested parties can participate in the public hearing/public comment process, the dates of which will be announced when the department files the rule proposal with the code reviser.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Fawad Shah, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Seed Program, 21 North 1st Avenue, Suite 203, Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 225-2636, e-mail Fshah@agr.wa.gov.

February 28, 2006

Robert W. Gore

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office