WSR 10-01-106

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed December 17, 2009, 11:54 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-71 WAC, Equine infectious anemia.

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: The department proposes to amend chapter 16-71 WAC to add five new sections regarding equine diseases. The five new sections include the following diseases: Equine viral arteritis, equine herpes virus, equine piroplasmosis, strangles and vesicular stomatitis. The department also proposes to change the name of this WAC to Equine diseases in Washington state. These amendments are necessary to safeguard the health of the equine industry as the listed diseases have become a threat to the equine in Washington state.

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 Washington state department of agriculture 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 Jodi Jones, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-1889, fax (360) 902-2087, e-mail lbriscoe@agr.wa.gov.

December 17, 2009

Leonard E. Eldridge, DVM

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office