PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Adding registered domestic partner to rules affecting spousal rights, amending WAC 137-12A-020.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 34.05.120.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To follow the directive of the legislature to ensure registered domestic partners are extended the same rights as spouses.
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 department invites interested parties to review and provide input on the proposed rules. Comments may be sent to John Nispel, rules coordinator at the address shown below.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting John Nispel, Rules Coordinator, Department of Corrections, Contracts and Legal Affairs, P.O. Box 41114, Olympia, WA 98504-1114, phone (360) 725-8365, fax (360) 664-2009.
December 22, 2009