WSR 09-24-116

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed December 2, 2009, 11:39 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-92 WAC, Notices of infraction -- Penalty schedule.

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 2009 legislative session, Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA) was given authority to issue notices of and enforce civil infractions for any person found transporting livestock on the public roads of this state without a valid health certificate or permit and to any person who knowingly transports or accepts delivery of live nonambulatory livestock. WSDA is considering developing a new chapter within TITLE 16 WAC that would describe the department's penalty schedule for violations of RCW 16.36.116, and the monetary amount per violation.

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 rules 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.

December 2, 2009

Leonard E. Eldridge, DVM

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office