WSR 01-03-134

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed January 23, 2001, 3:05 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Increase hourly inspection rates within the fiscal growth factor allowed under Initiative 601.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 15.17 RCW, Standards of grades and packs.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Current hourly inspection rates are below the costs of providing services. Alignment of inspection charges with inspection practices and procedures.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Discussions and focus group meetings will be held with industry groups and stakeholders throughout the state.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jim Quigley, Program Manager, Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Program, 1111 Washington Street, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1833, fax (360) 902-2085.

January 22, 2001

Robert W. Gore

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office