WSR 08-15-103

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

SECRETARY OF STATE


[ Filed July 18, 2008, 9:38 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 434-12A WAC, Office of the secretary of state public records and rules of procedure.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.56.040, duty to publish organizational description and rules of procedure.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules contained in this chapter have not been updated since 1974. Rule making is also necessary in order to revise provisions related to requests for public records in order to reflect model rules on the subject developed by the attorney general pursuant to RCW 42.56.570. Provisions related to the organizational structure of the office of the secretary of state require updating.

Amended rules will update and revise provisions related to requests for public records and provide an updated explanation of the organizational structure of the office.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Brenda Galarza, P.O. Box 40224, Olympia, WA 98504-0224, voice (360) 586-4556, fax (360) 586-4311, bgalarza@secstate.wa.gov.

July 17, 2008

Steve Excell

Assistant Secretary of State

Washington State Code Reviser's Office