WSR 07-03-156

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed January 23, 2007, 3:26 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-15 WAC, Workers' compensation self-insurance rules and regulations, this chapter governs employers who are permitted to self insure their workers' compensation obligation pursuant to Title 51 RCW. This filing includes modifications to existing rules and creation of new sections to explain the requirements for electronic data submittal.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.14.110.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Pursuant to chapter 475, Laws of 2005 (SHB 1310) the department will implement rules to enable self-insured employers to provide claim data electronically.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state, local or federal agency regulates this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: Labor and industries will work with representatives of the self-insured employer community on all changes to the self-insurance regulations. A public hearing will be held in Tumwater after the proposal is filed.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jean Vanek, Department of Labor and Industries, Self Insurance Section, P.O. Box 44890, Olympia, WA 98504-4890, phone (360) 902-6907, fax (360) 902-6900, e-mail vanj235@lni.wa.gov.

January 23, 2007

Judy Schurke

Acting Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office