WSR 08-14-059

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed June 25, 2008, 8:45 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-90 WAC, Penalty schedule.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: During the 2007 legislative session, the Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA) was given authority to assess civil penalties for violations of chapter 16.36 RCW and rules adopted under the chapter. WSDA is considering developing a new WAC within TITLE 16 WAC that would describe the department's process in assessing penalties, the types of violations, and the monetary amount per violation.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: WSDA staff will develop the rules proposal with the help of industry input. Interested parties will be given the opportunity to participate during the public hearing and public comment process.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lynn Briscoe, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-1987, fax (360) 902-2087, e-mail lbriscoe@agr.wa.gov.

June 25, 2008

Leonard E. Eldridge, DVM

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office