WSR 05-20-085

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed October 4, 2005, 4:30 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is amending WAC 388-310-0300 WorkFirst -- Infant care exemptions for mandatory participants, 388-310-1450 Pregnancy to employment, and other related rules as appropriate.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.08.090, 74.08A.340.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is amending these rules to clarify the WorkFirst infant care exemption rules so staff can apply the exemption correctly.

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. Later, DSHS will file a proposal 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 Aurea Figueroa, Program Manager, Division of Employment and Assistance Programs, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4623, fax (360) 493-3493, e-mail figueal@dshs.wa.gov.

October 3, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office