WSR 06-23-164

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE COMMISSION


[ Filed November 22, 2006, 9:49 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Title 390 WAC, rule amendments to conform (1) with 2006 legislative changes impacting RCW 42.17.710, (2) with reporting date changes for out-of-state committees, and (3) with the electioneering communications statutes. New rules defining "party organization" in RCW 42.17.510 and "receives or expects to receive" in RCW 42.17.405 are also contemplated.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.17.370.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The public disclosure commission will consider possible new rules and rule amendments to conform with statutory provisions in chapter 42.17 RCW. The rules are designed to provide guidance and clarification to the general public and persons subject to the disclosure law.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: At its meeting on January 25, 2007, the commission is expected to discuss and possibly approve draft language on the above referenced rule topics. Public comment will be welcome[d] at this meeting. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by January 22, 2007, to Doug Ellis, Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908. Written comments received by Tuesday, January 16, 2007, will be provided to commissioners in advance of the meeting. A formal public hearing is expected to occur in March 2007.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting the PDC Assistant Director, Doug Ellis at the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908, (360) 664-2735, toll free 1-877-601-2828, e-mail dellis@pdc.wa.gov.

November 22, 2006

Vicki Rippie

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office