WSR 06-22-106

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

COMMISSION ON

JUDICIAL CONDUCT

[ Filed November 1, 2006, 11:05 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Clarification of existing confidentiality rule CJCRP 11 to show that it covers past, as well as present, CJC members, alternates, staff and contractors.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Washington State Constitution, Article IV Section 31, Paragraph 10.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: It is possible that the agency's existing rules requiring confidentiality of members, alternates, staff, and contractors could be misunderstood to apply only to people presently affiliated with the commission. The proposed clarification would avert that potential misunderstanding.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by sending written comments by Friday, January 12, 2007, to Reiko Callner, Executive Director, Commission on Judicial Conduct, P.O. Box 1817, Olympia, WA 98507, phone (360) 753-4585, fax (360) 586-2918. The commission will hold a public meeting on this inquiry, at which in-person comments may be made, subject to time limitations, beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 2, 2007, at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Evergreen Room, 19621 International Boulevard, SeaTac, WA 98188.

November 1, 2006

J. Reiko Callner

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office