WSR 00-10-108

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed May 3, 2000, 11:21 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-573 WAC, Canola and Rapeseed Commission.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 15.60.050 [15.65.050], 15.65.055.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The director of the Department of Agriculture has the regulatory authority, chapter 16-570 WAC, on the production of rapeseed by variety and geographic location until a rapeseed commission is formed. The Washington Canola and Rapeseed Commission, chapter 16-573 WAC was formed June 1, 1998. This rule is necessary to transfer the regulatory authority from the director of agriculture to the board of the Canola and Rapeseed Commission.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Adoption of this rule will be accomplished according to procedures in chapter 15.65 RCW, Washington State Agriculture Enabling Act of 1961, which includes meeting with interested parties and a public hearing. The procedures may also include a referendum vote of the affected producers.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Walter Swenson, Agricultural Programs Administrator, Washington Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1928, fax (360) 902-2092.

May 2, 2000

R. W. Gore

for William E. Brookreson

Deputy Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office