WSR 07-12-059

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed June 4, 2007, 11:35 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 388-444-0025 Food stamp employment and training -- Payments for FS E&T related expenses.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, and 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Food stamp employment and training (FS E&T) participants may have some of their actual expenses needed to participate in the FS E&T program paid for by the department. This amendment will add language so that expenses will be allowed for dependent care costs for children through twelve years of age. The department is going through the permanent rule-making process to adopt the amendment made to this section by an emergency rule filed as WSR 07-08-096, effective April 3, 2007. Prior to April 3, 2007, the WAC stated that the dependent care costs were allowable expenses for each dependent six through twelve years of age.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone on the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Nick Espinosa, Program Manager, Division of Employment and Assistance Programs, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4620, fax (360) 493-3493, e-mail espincj@dshs.wa.gov.

June 4, 2007

Stephanie E. Schiller

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office