WSR 06-07-164

PROPOSED RULES

SECRETARY OF STATE


(Elections Division)

[ Filed March 22, 2006, 10:49 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-03-112.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Initiative and referenda filing petitions.

Hearing Location(s): Conference Room, 520 Union Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98501, on April 25, 2006, at 1:30 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 8, 2006.

Submit Written Comments to: Tami Neilson, P.O. Box 40220, Olympia, WA 98504-0220, e-mail tneilson@secstate.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-5629, by April 25, 2006.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact TTY (800) 422-8683.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed rule allows people who have signed an initiative or referenda petition to submit a letter to the secretary of state requesting the withdrawal of his/her signature.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Voters may be confused about which petition they have signed.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 29A.04.611.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent:

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Tami Neilson, Legislative Building, (360) 902-4182; Implementation and Enforcement: Pam Floyd, 520 Union Avenue S.E., (360) 725-5781.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Changes do not appear to have an impact on small business.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Not applicable.

March 22, 2006

Sam Reed

Secretary of State

OTS-8685.2


NEW SECTION
WAC 434-379-008   Voluntary withdrawal of one's signature from an initiative or referendum petition.   Before the deadline for filing petitions has passed, a person who has signed an initiative or referenda petition may submit a letter to the secretary withdrawing his or her signature from the petition. This letter must be included as part of the public record for the petition and does not require the secretary to physically remove the person's name from the petition.

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