PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 415-02 WAC, General provisions.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.50.050(5).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Amendments to the department of retirement systems (DRS) rules are needed to incorporate the recently adopted federal Pension Protection Act (2006). These amendments will update the rules to reflect federal statutes affecting retired public safety officers with regard to their insurance premium deductions. Other changes will be made to clarify language and bring the rules up to current plain talk standards.
Process for Developing New Rule: DRS will develop the draft rule(s) with the assistance of the attorney general's office. The public is invited and encouraged to participate, as described below.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. DRS encourages your active participation in the rule-making process. After the rule(s) is drafted, DRS will file a copy with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. The notice will include the time and date of a public rules hearing. DRS will send a copy of the notice and the proposed rule(s) to everyone currently on the mailing list and anyone else who requests a copy. To request a copy or for more information on how to participate, please contact Sarah Monaly, Rules and Contracts Coordinator, Department of Retirement Systems, P.O. Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380, voice (360) 664-7291, TTY (360) 586-5450, fax (360) 753-3166, e-mail SarahM@drs.wa.gov.
April 23, 2007