WSR 09-13-076

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY,

TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

[ Filed June 16, 2009, 10:35 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Update to WAC 365-180-030 Definitions and 365-180-070 Sponsor requirements.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 70.164.040.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In the 2009 legislative session, Governor Gregoire signed E2SSB 5649 into law. The legislation created new responsibilities for sponsors participating in the state's energy matchmakers program (a weatherization program for low-income individuals and families). In addition, the bill included terms that require clarification through WAC to ensure smooth program implementation.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Energy matchmakers use state dollars. There is the possibility of combining federal weatherization funds with federal dollars for a more robust weatherization program. These rules will apply to the state program, and to activities whereby state and federal dollars are combined. Rules will conform with state and federal requirements.

Process for Developing New Rule: Rule making as part of agency business.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Heather Matthews, Lead, heatherm@cted.wa.gov, (360) 725-5002; or Marie Sullivan, Rulemaking Coordinator, maries@cted.wa.gov.

June 16, 2009

Marie Sullivan, Director

Government Relations Office

Washington State Code Reviser's Office