WSR 99-06-063

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE COMMISSION


[ Filed March 1, 1999, 4:21 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 390-18-020 Political advertising--Political party identification.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.17.370(1).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule was adopted in order to help sponsors of political advertising comply with the requirement that ads regarding candidates for partisan office identify the candidate's political party. The rule obligates the commission to adopt a list of abbreviations or symbols that clearly identify political party status. The commission may amend the rule for clarity.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: This rule was examined as part of the agency's rule review process. That process includes input from stakeholders who are part of a Rules Review Advisory Committee.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Public Disclosure Commission Assistant Director, Vicki Rippie, P.O. Box 40908, 711 Capitol Way, Room 403, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 586-4838, fax (360) 753-1112, e-mail vrippie@pdc.wa.gov. A public hearing on any proposed change will likely occur on Tuesday, May 25, 1999. Public testimony will be welcome at that time, or written comments may be submitted by May 12, 1999, for consideration at the hearing.

March 1, 1999

Melissa Warheit

Executive Director

by Vicki Rippie

Washington State Code Reviser's Office