PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
LABOR AND INDUSTRIES
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Vocational rehabilitation, chapter 296-19A WAC.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, 51.36.100, and 51.36.110.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In response to a petition for rule making received on March 1, 2007, the department will develop a new rule or amend WAC 296-19A-310. The proposed rule making will clarify how the department will purchase services from individual vocational providers in contiguous service locations.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other federal or state agencies regulate this subject.
Process for Developing New Rule: Labor and industries will begin the rule development process and will share the draft proposal with stakeholders and other interested parties, including the workers' compensation advisory committee. Public hearings will be held throughout the state 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 Department of Labor and Industries, Valerie Grimm, P.O. Box 44208, Olympia, WA 98504-4208, phone (360) 902-5005, fax (360) 902-4960, e-mail COLB235@LNI.WA.GOV.
April 27, 2007