PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 363-116-070 Collection of fees, 363-116-360 Exempt vessels, and 363-116-300 Pilotage rates for the Puget Sound pilotage district.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 88.16 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board is seeking ways to generate operating revenue for its continued conduct of business.
• An increase in the pilot license fee is being considered. This increase could also apply to the reduced fee for inactive pilots;
• A training license fee is being considered;
• A fee increase for passenger vessel and yacht exemptions is being considered; and
• A statutory review will be pursued regarding the
board's authority to adjust the training surcharge
in order to support other pilot training related
activities in addition to the current trainee
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 board will be considering amendments to these rules and any other applicable rules for purposes of generating operating revenue. Stakeholder comments are welcome. Upon further review and consideration of recommended revisions, a public hearing will be scheduled to consider the proposed new rules pursuant to formal notice requirements.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Peggy Larson, Administrator, Board of Pilotage Commissioners, 2901 Third Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121, phone (206) 515-3904, fax (206) 515-3906, LarsonP@wsdot.wa.gov, www.pilotage.wa.gov.
June 18, 2010