WSR 07-11-116

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed May 18, 2007, 3:44 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The division of employment and assistance programs is amending WAC 388-310-0300 Infant care exemptions for mandatory participants, 388-310-1450 Pregnancy to employment, and any other related WACs.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050 and 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is required to make modifications to the WorkFirst pregnancy to employment pathway as directed by the legislature under 2SSB 6016 (chapter 289, Laws of 2007). The bill requires a change to the one-time exemption for a parent with a child under twelve months.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Ian Horlor, Program Manager, Division of Employment and Assistance Programs, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4634, fax (360) 493-3493, e-mail Horloit@dshs.wa.gov.

May 18, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office