WSR 07-18-016

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed August 24, 2007, 1:46 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: New chapter 246-XXX WAC relating to certification of animal massage practitioners.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: ESB 5403 (chapter 70, Laws of 2007).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: ESB 5403 chapter 70, Laws of 2007, directs the secretary to adopt rules necessary to implement a program for certification of animal massage practitioners. Rules are needed to assure only qualified animal massage practitioners are certified in Washington state. These rules will not apply to animal massage practitioners receiving an endorsement for animal massage on their license for human massage therapy under chapter 18.108 RCW and chapter 246-830 WAC.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested persons can participate in the development of new rules by attending rule-making workshops and providing comments on proposed language which will be sent to interested persons through listserv and by regular mail. Request to join the listserv or send written comments to Judy Haenke, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98504-7868, (360) 236-4947, fax (360) 586-4359 or e-mail judy.haenke@doh.wa.gov.

August 24, 2007

Mary C. Selecky

Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office