WSR 00-10-109

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed May 3, 2000, 11:22 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Repeal entire chapter 16-570 WAC, Rapeseed production and establishment of districts.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 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 authority under chapter 16-570 WAC to regulate 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. RCW 15.65.055 authorizes the transfer of authority to regulate production and variety by geographical location from the director of agriculture to the board of the Canola and Rapeseed Commission. This rule will no longer be necessary.

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 Washington Department of Agriculture will meet with interested parties and industry to discuss the proposal. Comments can also be made through mail and fax.

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