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                         SENATE BILL 5429



State of Washington      55th Legislature     1997 Regular Session


By Senators Hochstatter, McCaslin, Benton, Hale, Schow, Oke, Strannigan, Haugen, McDonald, Swecker, Zarelli, Roach, Morton, Rossi, West and Sellar


Read first time 01/27/97.  Referred to Committee on Government Operations.


Restricting the duration of the statutory authority of agencies to adopt rules.

    AN ACT Relating to administrative rule making; adding a new section to chapter 34.05 RCW; and creating a new section.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The legislature finds that:

    (1) The regulated community is composed largely of people who try to comply with the rules they are aware of, but who are often frustrated by the complexity of the regulatory system.

    (2) Agencies use old laws to adopt new rules without returning to the legislature for authorization.

    It is the intent of the legislature to correct this problem by requiring agencies to return to the legislature after two years for authorization to adopt new rules.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 34.05 RCW to read as follows:

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, an agency's statutory authority to adopt rules expires two years after the effective date of the statute or two years after the effective date of this act, whichever is later.


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