WSR 06-07-136

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

[ Filed March 21, 2006, 11:07 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 415-108-575 How is the compensation adjustment for elected officials computed?

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.40.020.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Active PERS members who hold elective offices according to RCW 41.40.023 may retire from PERS and continue working in their elective positions if they meet certain conditions. One condition is that they do not earn more than fifteen thousand dollars per year in compensation for their elective service, adjusted annually for inflation by the director. This rule explains how the compensation threshold is adjusted, and provides the 2006 compensation threshold.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department of retirement systems (DRS) will develop the draft rule(s) with the assistance of the attorney general's office. The public is invited and encouraged to participate, as described below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. DRS encourages your active participation in the rule-making process. After the rule(s) is drafted, DRS will file a copy with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. The notice will include the time and date of a public rules hearing. DRS will send a copy of the notice and the proposed rule(s) to everyone currently on the mailing list and anyone else who requests a copy. To request a copy or for more information on how to participate, please contact Leslie Saeger, Rules and Contracts Coordinator, Department of Retirement Systems, P.O. Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380, voice (360) 664-7291, TTY (360) 586-5450, fax (360) 753-3166, e-mail leslies@drs.wa.gov.

March 17, 2006

Leslie Saeger

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office