WSR 02-13-095

EXPEDITED RULES

TOBACCO SETTLEMENT AUTHORITY


[ Filed June 18, 2002, 2:03 p.m. ]

Title of Rule: Ethics policy.

Purpose: The proposed rule adopts ethics standards for the authority, its members and employees in accordance with chapter 42.52 RCW.

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

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 365, Laws of 2002.

Summary: The proposed rule adopts the legislative declaration in RCW 42.52.900 regarding the central importance of ethics in government. Consistent with this declaration, the proposed rule states that the authority is an agency as defined in RCW 42.52.010(1). The proposed rule states that the authority and its members and employees are subject to the applicable terms and conditions of chapter 42.52 RCW with respect to ethics in public service.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed rule will assist the authority and its members and employees in adhering to the standards for ethics in public service set forth in chapter 42.52 RCW.

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 adopts ethics standards for the authority. The proposed rule adopts the legislative declaration in RCW 42.52.900 regarding the central importance of ethics in government. Consistent with this declaration, the proposed rule states that the authority is an agency as defined in RCW 42.52.010(1) and its members and employees are subject to the applicable terms and conditions of chapter 42.52 RCW with respect to ethics in public service.

The anticipated effect of the proposed rule will be to assist the authority and its members and employees in adhering to the standards for ethics in public service set forth in chapter 42.52 RCW.

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 465-40 WAC

Ethics policy
NEW SECTION
WAC 465-40-010   Ethics policy.   The authority hereby adopts the declaration of the legislature found in RCW 42.52.900 that ethics in government are the foundation on which the structure of government rests and that state officials and employees of government hold a public trust that obligates them, in a special way, to honesty and integrity in fulfilling the responsibilities to which they are appointed. Paramount in that trust in the principal that public office may not be used for personal gain or private advantage. The authority acknowledges that it is an agency as defined in RCW 42.52.010(1) and its members and employees are subject to the applicable terms and conditions of chapter 42.52 RCW with respect to ethics in public service.

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