PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 415-112-502 Do I qualify for retirement from Plan 3?, and possible other new or amended sections.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.50.050(5), 41.32.875, 41.35.680, and 41.40.820.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department will amend and/or adopt new rules to implement SHB 2684. Currently PERS, TRS and SERS Plan 3 members may retire with an unreduced benefit at age sixty-five with at least five service credit years, including twelve service credit months after attaining age fifty-four. SHB 2684 changed the age threshold for earning twelve service credit months to age forty-four.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 3, 2006