WSR 00-06-067

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed March 1, 2000, 8:42 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 99-01-113.

Title of Rule: WAC 388-436-0010 Winterization.

Purpose: Benefits provided under this rule have been very seldom used. Recent rule changes affecting emergency assistance allow winterization needs to be met more effectively using the additional requirements for emergent needs benefit described in WAC 388-436-0002. This proposal will eliminate the winterization benefit.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.08.090.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 74.08.090.

Summary: This benefit is no longer necessary.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Other program benefits available to meet these kinds of needs are less restrictive and allow for a greater benefit amount.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Michael Thomas, Program Manager, Lacey Government Center, 1009 College Street S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, (360) 413-3240.

Name of Proponent: Department of Social and Health Services, governmental.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: Total fiscal expenditures under this rule were less than $1500 during 1998 and 1999.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: Repealing this WAC will eliminate a special assistance payment used to correct or improve the efficiency of a heating source when a home would otherwise be unlivable in winter. Other emergency assistance benefits are available to meet this need and are less restrictive than the benefit provided under this rule.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: This rule will be repealed. DSHS will no longer provide an emergency benefit for the specific purpose of winterizing a home. Winterization needs may be covered under the benefits described in WAC 388-436-0002.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This rule does not affect small businesses.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. This rule does not meet the definition of significant legislative rule.

Hearing Location: Lacey Government Center (behind Tokyo Bento Restaurant), 1009 College Street S.E., Room 104-A, Lacey, WA 98503, on April 4, 2000, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Paige Wall by March 10, 2000, phone (360) 664-6094, TTY (360) 664-6178, e-mail wallpg@dshs.wa.gov.

Submit Written Comments to: Identify WAC Numbers, Paige Wall, Acting Rules Coordinator, Rules and Policies Assistance Unit, P.O. Box 45850, Olympia, WA 98504-5850, fax (360) 664-6185, by March 21, 2000.

Date of Intended Adoption: No sooner than April 4, 2000.

February 24, 2000

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

2703.1
REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 388-436-0010 Winterization.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office