WSR 09-11-091

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

APPLE COMMISSION


[ Filed May 18, 2009, 1:20 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 24-12 WAC, Assessments. The commission is reviewing its rules relative to assessments and collection of assessments, including fresh apples designated for slices, to ensure consistency with statute, chapter 15.24 RCW, and current practice. Also, they are updating existing language to increase its clarity and readability.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 15.24 and 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Changes in the assessment rate and collection practices have made the existing rule outdated.

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 discussed and reviewed a proposal at an open public meeting on March 26, 2009. Affected stakeholders will also have an opportunity to submit written comments on the proposed rules during the public comment period and will be able to present oral testimony at the public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Todd Fryhover, President, Washington Apple Commission, P.O. Box 18, Wenatchee, WA 98807, phone (509) 663-9600, fax (509) 662-5824, e-mail todd.fryhover@waapple.org.

May 15, 2009

Todd M. Fryhover

President

Washington State Code Reviser's Office