WSR 00-08-007A

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

[ Filed March 23, 2000, 9:24 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amend miscellaneous teachers' retirement system (TRS) and public employees' retirement system (PERS) rules to comply with new statutes and Executive Order 97-02.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 41.32 and 41.40 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Under chapters 41.40 and 41.32 RCW et seq. the Department of Retirement Systems is authorized to promulgate rules necessary to manage and administer TRS and PERS.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: The department did not seek input on the preliminary draft prior to filing the CR-101. Copies of the draft rule will be circulated to interested parties for comment. Interested parties include those persons known to the department, such as state employees who will become members of the system, their employers and representatives. We will also make copies of the draft rules available to any other person who requests a copy and/or opportunity to comment.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jack Bryant, Administrator, Public Employees' Retirement System, (360) 664-7193, Margaret Wimmer, Administrator, Teachers' Retirement System, (360) 664-7044, Elyette M. Weinstein, Rules Coordinator, (360) 664-7307, Legal/Legislative Services, Department of Retirement Systems, fax (360) 753-3166, Mailstop 48380, P.O. Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380.

March 23, 2000

Elyette M. Weinstein

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office