WSR 05-19-077

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE COMMISSION


[ Filed September 19, 2005, 1:40 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Title 390 WAC, rules relating to changes in the I-134 dollar amounts subject to inflationary adjustment under RCW 42.17.690, production of documents and use at hearing (adjudicative proceeding), regular meetings of the Public Disclosure Commission, and rules implementing chapter 445, Laws of 2005 (ESSB 5024, Electioneering communications).

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.17.690, chapter 445, Laws of 2005, and 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 changing the dollar amounts under Initiative 134 as required in RCW 42.17.690, updating WAC 390-37-136 to accommodate electronic document transfers, amend WAC 390-12-010 to accommodate commissioner scheduling conflicts and possible new rules to implement ESSB 5034, Electioneering communications. The rules are designed to provide guidance and clarification to the general public and persons subject to the disclosure law.

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 October 27, 2005, the commission is expected to discuss and possibly approve draft language on the above referenced rule topics. Public comment will be welcome at this meeting. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by October 25, 2005, to Doug Ellis, Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908. Written comments received by Monday, October 17, 2005, will be provided to commissioners in advance of the meeting. A formal public hearing is expected to occur in conjunction with the commission's January meeting.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Assistant Director Doug Ellis, Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908, (360) 664-2735, toll free 1-877-601-2828, e-mail dellis@pdc.wa.gov.

September 19, 2005

Vicki Rippie

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office