PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: TITLE 390 WAC, rules implementing chapter 145, Laws of 2011 (ESSB 5021 Campaign disclosure requirements), including Forms -- Registration statement for political committees (WAC 390-16-011), Political committees -- Qualifications to contribute (WAC 390-17-315), Electronic filing -- Reporting threshold (WAC 390-19-030), Commission options following receipt of a staff report on alleged violations (WAC 390-37-103), and other related rules in TITLE 390 WAC. Any amendments will also reflect the recodification of chapter 42.17 RCW to chapter 42.17A RCW.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 145, Laws of 2011, RCW 42.17.370, and chapter 204, Laws of 2010.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The public disclosure commission will consider possible rule amendments to TITLE 390 WAC, including WAC 390-16-011, 390-17-315, 390-19-030, and 390-37-103, and possible new rules to reflect legislative changes found in ESSB 5021 Campaign disclosure requirements. The rules are designed to provide guidance and clarification to the general public and persons subject to the disclosure law.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: At its meeting on August 25, 2011, the commission is expected to discuss and possibly approve draft language on the above referenced rule topics. Public comment will be welcome at these meetings. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by August 17, 2011, to Lori Anderson, Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908. Written comments received by Wednesday, August 17, will be provided to commissioners in advance of the August meeting. A formal public hearing is expected to occur in conjunction with the commission's October 27, 2011, meeting.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested parties may participate in a July 13, 2011, stakeholder meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the commission's office, 711 Capitol Way, Room 206, Olympia, WA. Comments may also be submitted to Lori Anderson, Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 664-2737, 1-877-601-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 9, 2011