Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The 2005 legislature authorized and funded a grant program to help remove barriers from cities in Washington from participating in the master license service (MLS). This rule sets out the steps cities should follow in applying for these grants. The anticipated effect is that cities will more easily apply to secure a grant, and the more cities receiving grants, the more likely they will be able to participate in the MLS. This in turn, will provide the public with a greater opportunity to more easily obtain a variety of business licenses.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 19.02.030.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-24-093 on December 7, 2005.
A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Steve Boruchowitz, Business and Professions Division, 405 Black Lake Boulevard S.W., P.O. Box 9034, Olympia, WA 98507-9034, phone (360) 664-1572, fax (360) 570-7875, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: January [February] 7, 2006.
WAC 308-300-215 Master license service (MLS) state grant program. (1) The department's master license service (MLS) will provide information about the grant program, established in RCW 19.02.310, to Washington cities, towns, other state agencies and counties, at least once each calendar year, beginning in 2006.
(a) The MLS state grant program will begin in 2006. Applications will be accepted beginning January 3, 2006. Subject to the ongoing availability of funds, applicants will be notified about the department's decision on their completed application within sixty days. The department may fund all or portions of eligible grant applications.
(b) Prospective grant applicants may contact MLS staff for assistance with completion of the grant application, to include assistance by way of telephone or in-person contact.
(c) Applications and further information may be obtained from the Grants Coordinator, Master License Service, P.O. Box 9034, Olympia, WA 98507-9034.
(2) Eligible activities and expenses for grant funds can include, but are not limited to, reasonable expenses for: Information technology hardware and software, consultants and temporary staff.
(3) Two types of grants may be awarded: Phased grants, such as eighty percent initially and twenty percent upon completion, or reimbursement grants, in which payments are tied to deliverables or milestones.
(4) Before grant funds are provided, an agreement will be signed by the grantee and MLS that includes provisions for managing the grant, expenditure tracking and performance reporting.
(5) In determining the readiness of a prospective state agency or local government partner applicant to obtain a grant, the MLS may consider factors such as:
(a) Identified limitations or obstacles to becoming partnered with MLS;
(b) Flexibility within the entity's internal infrastructure;
(c) The scope of the project for which the grant funds are requested;
(d) The prospective partner's budget, including in-kind commitments and estimated transition costs;
(e) Project management experience;
(f) The cost/benefit ratio for a city partnership with MLS. The cost/benefit ratio shall be determined by estimating the cost for a city applicant to become a feasible partner with MLS; and
(g) Proposed performance measures.
(6) The department may convene an objective review panel to evaluate grant applications.