WSR 06-11-021

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Veterinary Board of Governors)

[ Filed May 4, 2006, 3:53 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-933 WAC, Veterinarians; chapter 246-935 WAC, Veterinary technicians; and chapter 246-937 WAC, Veterinary medication clerks. The veterinary board of governors is considering developing rules that will define sexual misconduct for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary medication clerks. The board will also consider establishing sanctions for practitioners who do engage in sexual misconduct.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.92.030.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Currently, there is no rule defining sexual misconduct for veterinary professions. Rules would help assure clear and consistent definitions of sexual misconduct and appropriate sanctions for individuals who engage in sexual misconduct.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Public meetings will be held in different locations statewide. Written comments may be sent to Judy Haenke, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98604-7868 [98504-7868], (360) 236-4947, fax (360) 586-4359, or e-mail judy.haenke@doh.wa.gov.

May 4, 2006

Steven Saxe

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office