WSR 99-09-075

PROPOSED RULES

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE COMMISSION


[ Filed April 19, 1999, 3:01 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 99-06-065.

Title of Rule: WAC 390-20-014 Registration during last calendar quarter of the biennial registration period.

Purpose: Assist lobbyists in complying with the lobbyist registration provisions of the disclosure law.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 42.17.370(1).

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 42.17.150.

Summary: The proposed amendment would automatically carry forward a lobbyist's registration to an upcoming session of the legislature when a lobbyist registers during the last calendar quarter of an even-numbered year.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed amendment eliminates duplication of registration for those small number of lobbyists who register late in an even-numbered year.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Vicki Rippie, Public Disclosure Commission, 711 Capitol Way, Room 403, Olympia, (360) 586-4838; and Enforcement: Susan Harris, Public Disclosure Commission, 711 Capitol Way, Room 403, Olympia, (360) 753-1981.

Name of Proponent: Public Disclosure Commission, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Currently, WAC 390-20-014 requires a lobbyist who registers during the last calendar quarter of an even-numbered year to notify the Public Disclosure Commission in writing if the lobbyist wants this registration to carry forward to the next two-year period. The proposed amendment would automatically make these registrations valid for the upcoming two-year legislative session unless the registrations are terminated sooner. Only a small number of lobbyists would be affected, since most lobbyists register in January of odd-numbered years.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The proposed amendment eliminates the need for some lobbyists to notify the Public Disclosure Commission in writing that they wish their lobbyist registrations to be in effect for the upcoming two-year legislative session.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed amendment does not have an economic impact on small businesses.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. The Public Disclosure Commission is not specified in section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, as being subject to this section nor has it been brought under the section as otherwise provided in the chapter law.

Hearing Location: Senate Hearing Room #2, John A. Cherberg Building, First Floor, 304 15th Avenue, Capitol Campus, Olympia, WA, on May 25, 1999, at 9:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Jennifer Alloway, 753-1111.

Submit Written Comments to: Vicki Rippie, Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908, fax (360) 753-1112 by May 12, 1999.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 25, 1999.

April 16, 1999

Vicki Rippie

Assistant Director

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 87-02, filed 3/25/87)

WAC 390-20-014
Registration during last calendar quarter of the biennial registration period.

(1) The registration of a lobbyist who registers during the last calendar quarter of an even-numbered year ((may request in writing that the registration be)) is valid until the second Monday of January three years hence, unless it is terminated or suspended before that day.

(2) The lobbyist ((will be)) is required to file monthly expense reports (PDC Form L-2) for each month in which he((/)) or she is registered, even if no reportable lobbying expenditures are made.

(3) The lobbyist employer shall file the employer's report (PDC Form L-3) for each calendar year or portion thereof in which a lobbyist is registered.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.370(1).  87-08-025 (Order 87-02), 390-20-014, filed 3/25/87.]

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