WSR 00-04-070

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

RELATIONS COMMISSION

[ Filed January 31, 2000, 1:52 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Proposed changes to chapters 391-08, 391-45 and 391-95 WAC concerning complaints charging unfair labor practices, preliminary rulings, deficiency notices, and answers. Agency responses to new model rules of procedure including notices of appearance and subpoenas.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.58.050, 41.59.110, 41.56.090, 28B.52.080.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Pursuant to Executive Order 97-02, proposed changes will set forth standards and limitations for answers and amendments to unfair labor practice complaints, and implement reorganization allowing executive director or designated staff member to issue deficiency notices, preliminary rulings, and orders on deferral to arbitration.

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

Process for Developing New Rule:

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mark S. Downing, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 40919, Olympia, WA 98504-0919, phone (360) 753-2955, fax (360) 586-7091, e-mail perc@olywa.net. Rules Workshop, Annual Collective Bargaining Conference, on March 8, 2000, at 2:25 p.m., Seattle Center, Northwest Rooms, Seattle, Washington.

January 31, 2000

Marvin L. Schurke

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office