WSR 08-01-117

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

CONSERVATION COMMISSION


[ Filed December 18, 2007, 2:33 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Procedures and requirements for entering and exiting the office of conservation district supervisor, including, but not limited to, election and appointment of conservation district supervisors, for the purpose of populating and maintaining conservation district governing boards.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 89.08.040, 89.08.160, 89.08.190, 89.08.200.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The conservation commission is proposing rules on this subject to establish procedures pertaining to entering and exiting the office of conservation district supervisor, to clarify statutory language, and to provide statewide consistency in these procedures as implemented by conservation districts. The conservation commission expects rules to provide clarity, consistency, and transparency for all affected parties, including, but not limited to: Candidates, voters, conservation district officials, other local governments, and state agencies.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Regulating conservation district elections and appointments, and other processes relating to entering and exiting the office of conservation district supervisors, is governed by chapter 89.08 RCW. Because the conservation commission is the only agency authorized under chapter 89.08 RCW to adopt rules on this subject, there are no other state or federal agencies with which to coordinate.

Process for Developing New Rule: The conservation commission will work with stakeholders to develop proposed rules. After the rule proposal publishes in the state register, the commission will hold public hearings and provide a comment period to receive feedback on the proposal.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mary Anderson, Washington Conservation Commission, P.O. Box 47721, Olympia, WA 98504-7721, (360) 407-6200, mara461@ecy.wa.gov.

December 19 [18], 2007

Mark A. Clark

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office