WSR 05-13-136

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed June 20, 2005, 4:38 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-400-0010 Who is eligible for state family assistance? and 388-442-0010 How does being a fleeing felon or having a conviction for a drug-related felony impact my 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.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: These rules must be amended in order to comply with SB 5213 which was passed in the 2005 legislative session (chapter 174, Laws of 2005). This legislation exercised the state option to exempt individuals convicted of drug-related felony from the temporary assistance for needy families ban on receipt of benefits.

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 the 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 Amber Gillum, Legislative Coordinator, Division of Employment and Assistance Programs, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4612, fax (360) 493-3493, e-mail gilluae@dshs.wa.gov.

June 20, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office