WSR 02-06-087

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed March 1, 2002, 3:39 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Division of Child Care and Early Learning is considering amending the following: WAC 388-150-090 Group size and staff-child ratios, 388-151-090 How may the department deny, suspend or revoke my license?, and 388-155-090 License denial, suspension, or revocation, and all other related WACs.

The department will also be adding a new section to chapter 388-150 WAC regarding pesticide notification.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.15.020, 74.12.340, and 74.15.030.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: These WACs need to be amended to correct their citation of the criminal history background check WAC. Formerly the department had more than one WAC describing the process and criteria for conducting background checks. Chapter 388-330 WAC has been repealed in order to unify the department's policy on background checks. The proposed amendments will refer to the new criminal history background check, chapter 388-06 WAC.

The new WACs need to be added due to a change in chapter 74.15 RCW requiring child care centers to notify parents in advance of pesticide application.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration.

Process for Developing New Rule: All interested parties are invited to review and provide input on proposed draft language. Obtain draft material by contacting the identified representative below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Leslie Edwards-Hill, Program Manager, Division of Child Care and Early Learning, P.O. Box 45480, Olympia, WA 98504-5480, street address: 1009 College S.E., Lacey, WA 98503, phone (360) 413-3289, fax (360) 413-3482, e-mail edwarle@dshs.wa.gov.

February 28, 2002

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office