WSR 05-04-073

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HOP COMMODITY BOARD


[ Filed February 1, 2005, 10:55 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The purpose of this rule making is to add definitions and amend the board's promotional hosting rules in chapter 16-532 WAC. Proposed additions and amendments will include:

1. Adding "promotional hosting" and "hosting" definitions.

2. Updating and moving the promotional hosting rules from the marketing order to the board's rules section of the chapter.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 15.65 RCW, specifically RCW 15.65.305, and chapter 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Promotional hosting rules should be included within the rule of Washington State Hop Commodity Board pursuant to RCW 15.65.305. A new section is being added to define "promotional hosting" and "hosting." The current promotional hosting rule is being updated and added as a rule of the Hop Commodity Board. WAC 16-532-065 will be repealed.

Process for Developing New Rule: The draft rule amendments have been developed as a result of a collaborative effort between the Washington State Hop Commission and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Once the draft amendments are finalized, notices will be published and mailed to all producers and handlers within the affected area who may be directly affected by these rule changes. Interested parties can submit comments during the public comment period and can also participate during the public hearing process.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. See above for participation opportunities or contact Ann George, Administrator, Washington Hop Commission, 301 West Prospect Place, Moxee, WA 98936, phone (509) 453-4749, fax (509) 457-8561, e-mail ann@wahops.org.

January 20, 2005

Ann E. George, Administrator

Washington Hop Commission

Washington State Code Reviser's Office