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                          HOUSE BILL 2054



State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Representatives McMorris, DeBolt, Cox, Crouse, Schindler, Mitchell, Ericksen, Clements, Cairnes, Talcott, Lambert and Woods


Read first time 02/13/2001.  Referred to Committee on State Government.

Creating notice requirements for administrative rule changes.

    AN ACT Relating to notice of rule changes; and adding a new section to chapter 34.05 RCW.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 34.05 RCW to read as follows:

    Within two hundred days of the effective date of a rule that imposes additional requirements on businesses the violation of which subjects the business to a penalty, assessment, or administrative sanction, an agency shall make a good faith effort to notify businesses affected by the rule of the requirements of the rule and how to obtain technical assistance to comply.  For purposes of this section, "good faith" means:  (1) The agency at least notifies businesses in the standard industrial classifications or their successor identified in the rule-making file as businesses affected by the rule that are registered with the department of revenue; or (2) for rules imposing additional requirements only on persons or firms licensed, registered, or operating under a permit, the agency notifies those persons or firms holding the license, registration, or permit.  The notification shall announce the rule change, briefly summarize the rule change, and include a contact for more information.  Notification may be by individual notice, agency bulletins or newsletters, or any other means that will reasonably inform affected businesses.  Failure to notify a specific business under this section does not invalidate a rule or waive the requirement to comply with the rule.


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