WSR 08-20-023

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed September 19, 2008, 2:07 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-91 WAC, Requested animal services and holding facilities -- Fees.

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 2008 legislative session, the Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA) was given authority to establish fees by rule for certain requested services; (1) establishment and inspection of animal holding facilities; (2) inspection and monitoring of animals in animal holding facilities; and (3) special inspections of animals or facilities at the request of the owner. WSDA is considering developing a new WAC within TITLE 16 WAC that would describe the department's process in assessing fees for such requested services.

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 rule 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.

September 19, 2008

Lynn M. Briscoe

Special Assistant to

the State Veterinarian

Washington State Code Reviser's Office