WSR 97-02-086

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

[Filed December 31, 1996, 2:36 p.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Payment will be denied, for a period of time, to any recipient of public assistance who is convicted of unlawful practices under RCW 74.08.331.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.08.290 and 74.04.050.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Mandated by the Washington state legislature in RCW 74.08.290 to discourage welfare fraud.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study, internal (management) and external (field staff) review process whereby draft material is distributed for review and comment. All comments are taken into consideration before the final rule is issued.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kevin Sullivan, Program Manager, AFDC/Refugee Assistance Section, Division of Income Assistance, P.O. Box 45400, Olympia, WA 98504-5400, phone (360) 413-3093, FAX (360) 413-3495.

December 31, 1996

Merry A. Kogut, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office