WSR 97-09-054

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

[Filed April 17, 1997, 12:06 p.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Child (day) care regulations.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.15.060 and 43.70.040.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Clarify roles between the Department of Health and the Department of Social and Health Services to alleviate overlap and delineate regulatory authority.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: A representative from the Department of Social and Health Services will be needed to coordinate functions during the development of these rules.

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making, an oversight committee consisting of representatives from the Department of Social and Health Services, Child Care Coordinating Committee, local health departments, parent group representatives and centers of varying sizes will assist the department in rule development. All draft materials will be made available to constituents for a larger review audience. All comments will be taken into consideration for final rule development.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. A preliminary meeting will be held April 29, 1997, from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Training Room at Target Plaza, 2725 Harrison Avenue, Olympia. Contact: Fern Bettridge, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, (360) 705-6620, (360) 705-6654.

April 15, 1997

Bruce Miyahara

Secretary

Legislature Code Reviser

Register

Washington State Code Reviser's Office