WSR 00-08-093

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

[ Filed April 5, 2000, 8:38 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Rules that give actuarially equivalent retirement options to retired members of the Law Enforcement Officer and Fire Fighter Retirement Plan 2, Teachers Retirement System, Washington School Employees Retirement System, Public Employee Retirement System and Washington State Patrol Retirement System.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.50.050, 41.26.460, 41.32.530, 41.32.785, 41.32.851, 41.35.220, 41.40.188, 41.40.660, and 43.43.278.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Legislation passed in the 2000 regular session of the legislature mandates that the Department of Retirement Systems adopt the above-referenced rules.

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 rules will be circulated to interested parties for comment. Interested parties include those persons known to the department, such as state employees, their representatives and 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 Zan Johnston, LEOFF and WSPRS Administrator, (360) 664-7042, or Jack Bryant, PERS Plan Administrator, (360) 664-7193, or Margaret Wimmer, TRS Plan Administrator, (360) 664-7044, or Dave Nelson, SERS Plan Administrator, (360) 664-7163; at the Department of Retirement Systems, P.O. Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380, fax (360) 664-3618.

April 5, 2000

Elyette M. Weinstein

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office