PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The adoption of permanent procedural rules for the Environmental and Land Use Hearings Board.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 43.21L RCW and RCW 34.05.360.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: During the 2003 session, the state legislature adopted ESSB 5776 creating the new Environmental and Land Use Hearings Board in the Environmental Hearings Office (EHO). The statute requires that the EHO adopt implementing rules. The rules would govern the procedural operation of the new board.
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 agency will rely on written and oral testimony provided during informal and formal comment periods and the open public hearing process.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Eric Z. Lucas, Rules Coordinator, Environmental Hearings Office, P.O. Box 40903, Lacey, WA 98504-0903, call (360) 459-6327, fax (360) 438-7699, or send e-mail to EricL@eho.wa.gov.
June 30, 2004
Eric Z. Lucas
Administrative Appeals Judge
and Rules Coordinator