PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Disability benefits for members in Plan 2 of the law enforcement officers' and fire fighters' (LEOFF) retirement system.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.50.050(5), 41.26.470.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: These rules will implement RCW 41.26.470, which provides benefits for LEOFF Plan 2 members with a disability. The department previously filed a CR-101 and an emergency rule for members with duty-related disabilities. This CR-101 is to notify the public that the department is also planning to adopt rules for LEOFF Plan 2 members who incur disabilities that are not duty-related.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) will work with the Internal Revenue Service and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries as needed in developing any WAC.
Process for Developing New Rule: DRS will develop the draft rule(s) with the assistance of the Attorney General's Office. The public is invited and encouraged to participate, as described below.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication: DRS encourages your active participation in the rule-making process. After the rule(s) is drafted, DRS will file a copy with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. The notice will include the time and date of a public rules hearing. DRS will send a copy of the notice and the proposed rule(s) to everyone currently on the mailing list and anyone else who requests a copy. To request a copy or for more information on how to participate, please contact Leslie Saeger, Rules and Contracts Coordinator, Department of Retirement Systems, P.O. Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380, voice (360) 664-7291, TTY (360) 586-5450, fax (360) 753-3166, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 2, 2004
Rules and Contracts Coordinator