WSR 01-04-092

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed February 7, 2001, 11:37 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Reinstate grain inspection program rules and fees for inspection services. Adjust the grain inspection program schedule of fees to reflect allowable growth rates for FY 2001 and FY 2002 for selected hourly fees, hourly based unit fees, submitted sample fees and to incorporate a variable export tonnage rate scale at export locations.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 22.09.790.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Due to a clerical error, the fees for the grain inspection program were repealed. RCW 22.09.790 requires the department to recover costs for inspection, weighing and grading of grain. Fees cannot be changed or deleted without federal approval. The fee increase is necessary to offset increases in employer portions of the health benefit package and to address anticipated salary increases in FY 2002 and FY 2003.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Department of Agriculture must approve the fee schedule.

Process for Developing New Rule: Public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Randall R. Deike, Grain Inspection Program Manager, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, (360) 902-1921, fax (360) 902-2085, TDD (360) 902-1996.

February 7, 2001

Robert W. Gore

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office