PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 363-11 WAC, Practice and procedure -- Board of pilotage commissioners.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 88.16 RCW, Pilotage Act.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The purpose of the proposed revisions to chapter 363-11 WAC is to update the board's practices and procedures for administrative hearings so that they are consistent with the Administrative Procedure Act model rules of procedure (chapter 10-08 WAC), and chapter 363-116 WAC, and the civil rules of Washington.
The proposed changes are also intended to modify the scope of hearings and associated discovery currently permitted under chapter 363-11 WAC.
Housekeeping revisions will also be made as necessary.
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 board's legal counsel is drafting proposed revisions to these rules and will be discussing them with the board's legislative/WAC committee, the exam committee, and at monthly board meetings. Stakeholder comments are welcome. Upon further review and consideration of this proposal, a public hearing will be scheduled to consider the proposed new rules pursuant to formal notice requirements.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Peggy Larson, Executive Director, Board of Pilotage Commissioners, 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121, phone (206) 515-3904, fax (206) 515-3906, LarsonP@wsdot.wa.gov, www.pilotage.wa.gov.
August 4, 2011