WSR 01-20-099

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed October 3, 2001, 10:13 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: To amend chapter 16-695 WAC, rules related to ginseng management.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 15.19 RCW, Ginseng.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Current ginseng management fees are not adequate to cover costs of this activity. In order to continue providing these services it may be necessary to raise fees within the fiscal growth factor for the current fiscal year. Other changes may be proposed to bring the rule into concurrence with current industry practices, regulatory needs, and/or clear and readable format.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: United States Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service. The proposal will be submitted to Department of Interior for comment.

Process for Developing New Rule: Washington State Department of Agriculture representatives discuss proposed rule change with affected stakeholders and then publish the rule proposal.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mary A. Martin Toohey, Assistant Director, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Laboratory Services Division, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1907, fax (360) 902-2094, e-mail mtoohey@agr.wa.gov; or Tom Wessels, Plant Services Program Manager, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Laboratory Services Division, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1984, fax (360) 902-2094, e-mail twessels@agr.wa.gov.

October 3, 2001

Mary A. Martin Toohey

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office