WSR 08-10-105

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed May 7, 2008, 11:01 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Establishing penalties for infractions and permitting fish and wildlife infractions and other department infractions to be included in the infraction rules of courts of limited jurisdiction.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department and the administrative office of the courts (AOC) are contemplating including fish and wildlife infractions and other department infractions in AOC's infraction rules for courts of limited jurisdiction. Penalties will need to be established for these infractions.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Washington's AOC and the department are working closely to determine the feasibility and benefit of listing the department's infractions, including fish and wildlife infractions, in the infraction rules for courts of limited jurisdiction.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lori Preuss, WDFW Enforcement Program, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2930, fax (360) 902-2155, e-mail preuslmp@dfw.wa.gov. Contact by June 25, 2008. Expected proposal filing on or after July 2, 2008.

May 7, 2008

Loreva M. Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office