PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Division of Employment and Assistance Programs will amend WAC 388-442-0010 How being a felon impacts your eligibility for benefits.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.04.500 and 74.04.510; 2004 SB 6411.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The revision will remove the ban on convicted drug felon eligibility for the Basic Food program per SB 6411, and will give additional information about when a client is eligible for temporary assistance to needy families/state financial assistance (TANF/SFA) if the client has a drug felony conviction.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing these rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file proposed rules with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Rebecca Henrie, Program Manager, Division of Employment and Assistance Programs, Lacey Government Center, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98507-5470, phone (360) 413-3074, fax (360) 413-3493, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 4, 2004
Brian H. Lindgren, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit