WSR 08-14-009

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed June 19, 2008, 3:52 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-830-475 amending and updating the continuing education requirements for massage practitioners and adding a new section WAC 246-830-XXX Inactive credential.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.108.025, SHB 2859 (chapter 25, Laws of 2008).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SHB 2859 (chapter 25, Laws of 2008) passed during the 2008 legislative session. The new legislation creates an inactive credential for massage practitioners. The legislation also establishes authority for the board to revise the current continuing education requirements and improve the clarity of the requirements. The legislation also requires rules establishing requirements for maintaining an inactive status and converting from inactive to active status. The proposed rules will assure consistency with the statute and will allow a practitioner to place his or her license in an inactive status while not practicing massage therapy.

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 by contacting Department of Health, Board of Massage, Kris Waidely, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867, (360) 236-4847, fax (360) 644-9077 [664-9077], kris.waidely@doh.wa.gov.

June 18, 2008

M. C. Selecky

Secretary

Kris Waidely

for Karin Olsen

Board Chair

Washington State Code Reviser's Office