WSR 01-04-008

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed January 25, 2001, 1:53 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending existing rules regarding apiaries (chapter 16-602 WAC).

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 15.60 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The authorizing statute for these rules, chapter 15.60 RCW, was extensively amended by EHB 2995 in the 2000 regular session. It is necessary to amend the existing rules to comply with the statutory amendments, which will be effective June 30, 2001.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Washington State Department of Agriculture representatives discuss proposed rule changes with the Apiary Advisory Committee membership and with interested stakeholders and then publish the proposal.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Clinton Campbell, PhD, Pest Program Manager, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Laboratory Services Division, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-2071, fax (360) 902-2094, e-mail CCampbell@agr.wa.gov.

January 25, 2001

Mary A. Martin Toohey

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office