WSR 09-17-093

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT


[ Filed August 17, 2009, 2:32 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 192-270 WAC, Training benefits for unemployment insurance recipients.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 50.12.010, 50.12.040, and 50.20.010.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Chapter 3, Laws of 2009 (ESHB 1906) made significant changes to the training benefits program, including criteria for program eligibility and approval of training programs. The regulations in chapter 192-270 WAC must be revised to conform to these changes. New regulations will be adopted as a result of the rule-making process.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) reviews the state's administration of the unemployment insurance program to ensure conformity to federal statutes and regulations. The state has broad flexibility in the implementation of unemployment insurance laws as long as conformity is maintained. The proposed regulations will be shared with USDOL prior to adoption.

Process for Developing New Rule: Proposed rules will be shared with stakeholders identified in the rule-making process, input solicited from stakeholders, and all written comments considered in the development of the final rules.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Juanita Myers, Unemployment Insurance Rules Coordinator, Employment Security Department, P.O. Box 9046, Olympia, WA 98507-9046, phone (360) 902-9665, fax (360) 902-9799, e-mail jmyers@esd.wa.gov. Please include your name, organization (if any), mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number.

August 12, 2009

Paul Trause

Deputy Commissioner

Washington State Code Reviser's Office