PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Title 390 WAC, rules relating to enforcement hearings, informal settlement-cases resolved by stipulation prior to an enforcement hearing, electronic filing thresholds and mini campaign reporting.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.17.370.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Public Disclosure Commission will consider possible rule amendments to (1) remove the requirement to read stipulations into the record, (2) remove the ten-day notification requirement to respondents prior to certain undertakings of the commission, (3) exempt in-kind contributions from the expenditure threshold for electronic filing, and (4) provide additional guidance to candidates and political committees as to when a change in reporting options from mini reporting to full reporting is allowed.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: At its meeting on January 25, 2005, the commission is expected to discuss and possibly adopt proposed amendatory language to the above-mentioned rules. Public comment will be welcome at this meeting. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by January 21, 2005, to Doug Ellis, Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908. Written comments received by Monday, January 17, 2005, will be provided to commissioners in advance of the meeting.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting the PDC Director of Public Outreach, Doug Ellis, at Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908, (360) 664-2735, toll free 1-877-601-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 3, 2004