PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Collection agencies, WAC 308-29-025, clarify what records a licensee with no clients must maintain and provide to the department.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 19.16.410.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: ESHB [SHB] 1822 was passed by the 2013 legislature and signed by governor. The bill adds debt purchasers to the definition of what is a collection agency under the Washington Collection Agencies Act. To implement the law change, the department needs to clarify what records will not be required if a licensee has no clients. The collection agency board supports the need for a rule amendment which will be developed during the public participation phase prior to the rules hearing on August 27, 2013. The need for a rule amendment meets the exemption criteria outlined in Executive Order 10-06 and will not impact local government.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Internal review and adoption by board.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Margaret Vogeli, Program Manager, P.O. Box 9027, Olympia, WA 98507-9027, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (360) 664-1389, fax (360) 570-7053.
May 22, 2013