WSR 08-07-104

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

OFFICE OF

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

[ Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2008-07 -- Filed March 19, 2008, 10:54 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: State of Washington United States Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (USL&H) assigned risk plan.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 48.02.060 and 48.22.070.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule making is being initiated as a result of a petition (P.43) from the director of the USL&H assigned risk plan. The commissioner will consider amending the rules to provide more clarity and consistency to eligibility requirements relating to an employer's purchase of coverage for employees working outside the territorial limits of 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: Submit written comments by April 30, 2008, to Kacy Scott, P.O. Box 40258, Olympia, WA 98504-0258, e-mail Kacys@oic.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-3109.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kacy Scott, P.O. Box 40258, Olympia, WA 98504-0258, e-mail Kacys@oic.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-3109.

March 19, 2008

Mike Kreidler

Insurance Commissioner

Washington State Code Reviser's Office