WSR 07-20-071

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

[ Filed September 28, 2007, 4:26 p.m. ]

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), 41.04.017, 41.26.048, 41.32.053, 41.35.115, 41.37.110, 41.40.0931, 41.40.0932, 43.43.285.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SHB 1266 passed by the 2007 legislature amends under what circumstances a beneficiary of a member of the law enforcement officers' and fire fighters' (LEOFF) retirement system, public employees' retirement system (PERS), public safety employees' retirement system (PSERS), school employees' retirement system (SERS), teachers' retirement system (TRS), or the Washington state patrol retirement system (WSPRS) may receive a $150,000 death benefit. The department of retirement systems (DRS) rules need updating to accurately reflect these changes.

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 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.

September 28, 2007

Sarah Monaly

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office