PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The agency is completing a review of chapter 352-40 WAC, Public records, to determine the need for rule-making action by the commission.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 79A.05 RCW, Parks and recreation commission, including: RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.070, 79A.05.075, and chapter 42.56 RCW, Public Records Act, including RCW 42.56.040 and 42.56.070.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The rules of state parks relating to public records were last revised in 2003. Since that time, the Public Records Act has been recodified from chapter 42.17 RCW to chapter 42.56 RCW and several address and phone numbers listed in chapter 352-40 WAC are outdated. Technical updating is needed to bring the rules current. State parks will also conduct a review of chapter 352-40 WAC, Public records, to help ensure citizens are provided guidance and clear instructions on the places, procedures and cost for inspecting and copying of the agency's public records. The agency's evaluation of this chapter will serve as a general review to ensure compliance with directives of chapter 42.56 RCW.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
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 Karen Clevenger, Washington State Parks, P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, phone (360) 902-8514, fax (360) 586-5875, e-mail Karen.Clevenger@parks.wa.gov.
July 9, 2008
J. M. French
Chief of Policy Research
and Program Development