WSR 98-19-124

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

(Economic Services Administration)

[Filed September 23, 1998, 10:24 a.m.]



Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 388-310 WAC, Washington State WorkFirst Program and related sections if needed or new sections.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.090 and 74.04.050.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This revision will include:

1. New sections on post-employment services; self-employment; and employer incentive (wage subsidy);

2. Revisions on support services/direct component costs; adult basic education/English as a second language; participation requirements; sanctions; community jobs; and other sections as necessary.

It will also bring chapter 388-310 WAC into conformance with Governor Locke's Executive Order 97-02 by changing the format of the entire chapter.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: A letter will be sent to interested parties informing them of the upcoming changes and inviting them to attend a series of public meetings. The first public meeting will be held at Lacey Government Center beginning on October 22, 1998.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. There will be a series of public meetings held on these revisions beginning with a meeting on Thursday, October 22, 1998, from 1-3 p.m. at the Lacey Government Center (LGC), 1009 College Street (behind the Tokyo O'Bento Restaurant), Lacey, WA. Additional meetings will be held at LGC on November 19 from 1-4 p.m.; December 17, from 1-4 p.m. and January 21, 1999, from 1-4 p.m. For information, please contact Linda Rae Alvarado, (360) 413-3244 (desk), (360) 413-3482 (fax), e-mail ALVARLR@DSHS.WA.GOV.

September 18, 1998

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office