WSR 01-12-078

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed June 5, 2001, 11:31 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-750 WAC, State noxious weed list and schedule of monetary penalties.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 17.10.080, 17.10.070, and 17.10.010(5).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The State Noxious Weed Control Board is charged with updating the state noxious weed list on an annual basis to ensure it accurately reflects noxious weed control priorities and noxious weed distribution.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state agencies regulate this subject. Federal agencies are subject to federal noxious weed laws that require them to coordinate with state regulations. Federal agencies in Washington are invited to participate in all stages of noxious weed rule making.

Process for Developing New Rule: The State Noxious Weed Control Board (board) annually solicits suggestions from county programs, state and federal agencies, interest groups, and the general public by a series of extensive mailings. The Noxious Weed Committee of the board, which includes representation from the Washington Native Plant Society, county weed boards, the nursery industry, and several scientific advisors, meets at least twice to review and research the suggestions. These draft suggestions are sent out again for public comment before the Noxious Weed Committee drafts its final recommendation to the board. The board will then consider these recommendations and draft a final rule-making proposal. Public comment is welcome at all committee and board meetings. A press release and information mailing is prepared on the recommended changes and a public hearing is scheduled. The board makes its final decision after considering the public input received at the hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lisa Lantz, Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board, 7611 Pioneer Way East, Puyallup, WA 98371, phone (253) 445-4593, fax (253) 445-4533.

June 4, 2001

Lisa E. Lantz

Executive Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office