WSR 06-07-105

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE COMMISSION


[ Filed March 16, 2006, 2:16 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Title 390 WAC, rule relating to informal settlement -- Cases resolvable by stipulation prior to an enforcement hearing.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.17.370.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The public disclosure commission (PDC) will consider possible rule amendments changing the timeframe in which stipulated agreements which include civil penalties shall be provided to the commission. 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 April 27, 2006, the commission is expected to discuss and possibly approve draft language on the above referenced rule topic. Public comment will be welcome at this meeting. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by April 24, 2006, to Doug Ellis, PDC, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908. Written comments received by Monday, April 17, 2006, will be provided to commissioners in advance of the meeting. A formal public hearing is expected to occur later this year.

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

March 16, 2006

Vicki Rippie

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office