WSR 07-18-014

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed August 24, 2007, 10:14 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-17 WAC, General reporting rules, audit and recordkeeping, rates and rating system for worker's compensation insurance and chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington worker's compensation insurance.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.06.035 and 51.06.100.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Proposed rule making is in response to a petition filed by the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) requesting the department consider permitting the assignment of classification 5206-79 for permanent yard or shop operations to sand and gravel companies defined in WAC 296-17A-0112.

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: The department of labor and industries will solicit input from the business community by way of direct mailings, the internet, and/or informal public meetings. Labor and industries will use this input to formulate proposed changes to the existing rules and advise customers of future rule making by direct mailing and/or the internet.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Labor and industries will mail letters with ideas on possible rule changes to affected employers. Employers will be encouraged to participate in the process to share ideas and/or attend meetings. Employers can obtain information on our process at the employer services web site (www.lni.wa.gov/insuranceservices/employerservices) and can submit comments electronically to moom235@lni.wa.gov or by calling (360) 902-4774 or by fax at (360) 902-4729.

August 24, 2007

Judy Schurke

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office