PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Adoption of new administrative rules for the implementation of Background checks -- Park employees -- Fingerprinting, as adopted by the Washington state legislature during the 2005 legislative session (chapter 373, Laws of 2005).
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: SHB 1313, chapter 373, Laws of 2005, Background checks -- Park employees -- Fingerprinting.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SHB 1313, chapter 373, Laws of 2005, Background checks -- Park employees -- Fingerprinting, requires the state Parks and Recreation Commission to adopt rules establishing the requirements for a criminal history record information search for the following: Job applicants, volunteers, and independent contractors who have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults, or who will be responsible for collecting or disbursing cash or processing credit/debit card transactions.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Washington State Patrol each have jurisdiction, with respect to their echelon of government, over the process for obtaining a national background check through a criminal history record information search. The commission has and will continue to coordinate with these agencies and will comply with such provisions included in chapter 373, Laws of 2005, which specifies that: "These background checks will be done through the Washington state patrol criminal identification section and may include a national check from the federal bureau of investigation, which shall be through the submission of fingerprints."
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Rita Cooper, P.O. Box 42650, 7150 Cleanwater Lane, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, phone (360) 586-6606, fax (360) 586-6603, e-mail Rita.Cooper@parks.wa.gov.
August 3, 2005
Cross-State Programs Manager