WSR 08-12-085

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

UTILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION

COMMISSION

[ Filed June 4, 2008, 8:08 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Examine the need to revise WAC 480-31-080 Fees and annual report, the rule making has been assigned Docket TN-080875.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 80.01.040(4) and 81.04.160.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Washington utilities and transportation commission (commission) is exploring the need to remove the annual vehicle fee for nonprofit transportation providers from rule and allow it to set the fee by order each year. This allows the commission more flexibility in adjusting the fee, either up or down, to meet the intent of RCW 81.66.030, which requires the commission to charge fees that approximate the cost of regulation.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: The commission will ask for initial written comments, and will provide the opportunity for additional comments.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting the Executive Secretary, Washington Utilities and Transportation, P.O. Box 47250, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-7250, phone (360) 664-1174, fax (360) 586-1150. Interested persons may file written comments on the CR-101 by July 7, 2008.

WRITTEN COMMENTS: Written comments may be submitted to the commission at the address given above and should be filed with the commission no later than Monday, July 7, 2008.

Electronic copies: The commission requests that comments be provided in electronic format to enhance public access, for ease of providing comments, to reduce the need for paper copies, and to facilitate quotations from the comments. Comments may be submitted by electronic mail to the commission's records center at records@utc.wa.gov. Please include:


The docket number of this proceeding (TN-080875).
The commenting party's name.
The title and date of the comment or comments.

An alternative method for submitting comments may be by mailing/delivering an electronic copy on a 3 1/2 inch, IBM-formatted, high-density disk, in .pdf Adobe Acrobat format or in Word 97 or later. Include all of the information requested above. The commission will post on the commission's web site all comments that are provided in electronic format. The web site is located at http://www.utc.wa.gov/080875. If you are unable to file your comments electronically or to submit them on a disk, the commission will always accept a paper document.

Opportunity for further comment is anticipated. Information about the schedule and other aspects of the rule making, including comments, will be posted on the commission's web site as it becomes available. If you wish to receive further information on this rule making you may (1) call the commission's records center at (360) 664-1234, (2) e-mail the commission at <records@utc.wa.gov>, or (3) mail written comments to the address above to the attention of Carole J. Washburn, executive secretary. When contacting the commission, please refer to Docket TN-080875 to ensure that you are placed on the appropriate service list. Questions may be addressed to Betty Young, (360) 664-1202 or e-mail at byoung@utc.wa.gov.


NOTICE


TO CONTINUE RECEIVING NOTICES AND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RULE MAKING --The commission wants to ensure its mailings are sent to persons who are interested in the topic and want to receive that information. ANY PERSON WHO COMMENTS will continue to receive notices and information. If you do not submit comments but wish to remain on the mailing list for this rule making, please advise the records center by any one of the following methods: (1) Send a note with your name, address (or a copy of your mailing label), and telephone and fax numbers referencing Docket TN-080875, and the words "Please keep me on the mailing list;" or (2) e-mail your name, address, telephone and fax numbers, referencing Docket TN-080875, and the words "Please keep me on the mailing list" to <records@utc.wa.gov>. Please note that all information in the mailings will be accessible through the commission's internet web site at <http://www.utc.wa.gov/080875>. THOSE PARTIES WHO DO NOT RESPOND MAY NOT RECEIVE FURTHER MAILINGS OR INFORMATION ON THE RULE MAKING.

June 4, 2008

Carole J. Washburn

Executive Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office