WSR 02-13-094

EXPEDITED RULES

TOBACCO SETTLEMENT AUTHORITY


[ Filed June 18, 2002, 2:02 p.m. ]

Title of Rule: Environmental policy.

Purpose: The proposed rule assists the authority in complying with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Section 6(H), chapter 365, Laws of 2002.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 365, Laws of 2002.

Summary: The authority is directed by the state legislature to undertake specific fiscal and administrative responsibilities that are exempt from SEPA. Accordingly, pursuant to the proposed rule the authority concludes that all actions that the authority is authorized to undertake under chapter 365, Laws of 2002 are exempt from SEPA pursuant to WAC 197-11-904(4).

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed rule will assist the authority in complying with SEPA.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Paul Edwards, Deputy Director, 1000 Second Avenue, Suite 2700, Seattle, WA 98104-1046, (206) 464-7139.

Name of Proponent: Tobacco Settlement Authority, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The proposed rule complies with SEPA. The authority is directed by the state legislature to undertake specific fiscal and administrative responsibilities that are exempt from SEPA. Accordingly, pursuant to the proposed rule the authority concludes that all actions that the authority is authorized to undertake under chapter 365, Laws of 2002 are exempt from SEPA pursuant to WAC 197-11-904(4).

The anticipated effect of the proposed rule will be to assist the authority in complying with SEPA.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

NOTICE

THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THE USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Paul Edwards, Deputy Director, Tobacco Settlement Authority, 1000 Second Avenue, Suite 2700, Seattle, WA 98104-1046 , AND RECEIVED BY August 19, 2002.


June 17, 2002

Richard S. Swanson

Chair

Chapter 465-30 WAC

Environmental policy
NEW SECTION
WAC 465-30-010   Environmental policy.   (1) The authority recognizes its responsibilities to adopt rules pertaining to the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The authority has reviewed SEPA and its own operations. The authority concludes that all actions that the authority is authorized to undertake under chapter 365, Laws of 2002 are exempt from SEPA pursuant to WAC 197-11-904(4). The authority is an administrative agency created to issue bonds securitizing revenues from the master settlement agreement between the state and tobacco product manufacturers. The authority's operations will consist of activities in support of and related to this bond issuance responsibility. The issuance of bonds and activities with respect to related financing agreements and approvals constitute administrative, fiscal or personnel activities exempt under WAC 197-11-800 (15)(d).

(2) In accordance with WAC 197-11-904(4), the authority adopts this statement regarding the adoption of rules in compliance with SEPA.

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