WSR 00-06-042

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed February 28, 2000, 3:59 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 00-02-084.

Title of Rule: Recreational licenses.

Purpose: Amends the fee charged for the two consecutive day combination fishing license.

Other Identifying Information: Adopts as a permanent rule emergency rule WAC 220-55-17000A.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.32.470(5).

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.32.470(5).

Summary: Amends the permanent rule charging a fee of $9 for a two consecutive day combination fishing license to a fee of $6.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Provides a simplified short term combination license at the same price as the previous separate licenses.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Evan Jacoby, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, 902-2930; Implementation: James Lux, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, 902-2444; and Enforcement: Bruce Bjork, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, 902-2927.

Name of Proponent: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, governmental.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: Provides for the minimum necessary transaction fee to create a more accurate licensing system and a more rapid return to the state for revenue collected.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Through SB 5020, the 1999 legislature provided authority to the Fish and Wildlife Commission to create and sell combination licenses at or below a fee equal to the total cost of the individual licenses contained within the combination. In order to further simplify the licensing structure and to reduce confusion to the public, the agency proposed to combine the two day resident/nonresident fishing license ($6) with the two day resident/nonresident shellfish/seaweed license into one two day combination resident/nonresident license. The public in the future would only need to purchase one short-term license to fish in Washington. The proposed rule set the fee for the two day combination resident/nonresident license at $6. The current rule provides for a fee of $9 in 2000 and $9 for residents in 2001 and $12 for nonresidents in 2001.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: Reduces the amount of the short-term recreational license fee.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This fee reduction affects recreational fishers, not license dealers. There is no change in the dealer fee.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. Not hydraulics rules.

Hearing Location: Yakima Convention Center, 10 North 8th Street, Yakima, WA, on April 7-8, 2000, at 12:00 noon.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Debbie Nelson by March 31, 2000, TDD (360) 902-2295, or (360) 902-2267.

Submit Written Comments to: Evan Jacoby, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98504-1091, fax (360) 902-2944, by April 6, 2000.

Date of Intended Adoption: April 7, 2000.

February 28, 2000

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 99-223 [99-233], filed 12/30/99, effective 4/1/00)

WAC 220-55-170
Reduced rate combination temporary fishing and shellfish license.

There is hereby created a combination temporary fishing and shellfish license that is valid for two consecutive days and allows the holder to fish for and possess fish and shellfish taken from state and offshore waters. The fee for this license is ((nine)) six dollars for both residents and nonresidents ((until April 1, 2001, when the fee for this license would be nine dollars for residents and twelve dollars for nonresidents)). This license is not valid for game fish species for an eight-consecutive-day period beginning on the opening day of the lowland lake fishing season.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.32.470(5). 00-02-050 (Order 99-233), 220-55-170, filed 12/30/99, effective 4/1/00.]

Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office