WSR 06-16-091

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed July 31, 2006, 3:23 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-89 WAC, Sheep and goat scrapie disease control, the department is proposing to rewrite the rules in a clear and usable format, to correct references to federal documents, and to update disease-related requirements.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Amending the current rules will correct references to federal documents such as the Uniform Methods and Rules, will bring the rules up-to-date regarding disease-related practices and requirements, and will put the rules in a clear and usable format that will make them easier to understand and interpret.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: The Washington state department of agriculture staff will develop the rule proposal and will communicate with stakeholders and other interested parties for their review and comment. Interested parties can also participate in the public hearing/public comment process, the dates of which will be announced when the department files the rule proposal with the code reviser.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lynn Briscoe, Special Assistant to the State Veterinarian, P.O. Box 42560, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-2560, (360) 902-1987.

July 31, 2006

Dr. Leonard E. Eldridge DVM

State Veterinarian

Washington State Code Reviser's Office