PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending WAC 458-10-050 Continuing education requirements -- Appraisal practice and ethics.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 36.21.015, 84.08.010, and 84.08.070.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Any person responsible for valuing real property for purposes of taxation must be an accredited appraiser. To the extent practical, the Department of Revenue (department) is required by RCW 36.21.015 to coordinate accreditation requirements for accredited appraisers with the requirements for certified real estate appraisers under chapter 18.140 RCW. WAC 458-10-050 provides information about the process for renewing the accreditation for accredited appraisers, including information about the continuing education requirements. The rule currently provides that no continuing education credit will be given for courses taken within any five-year period that have the same or very similar content. The department is considering an amendment to WAC 458-10-050 to provide that no continuing education credit will be given for courses taken within any four-year period. This change would more closely coordinate the continuing education requirements for accredited appraisers and certified real estate appraisers.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Modified negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Written comments may be submitted by mail, fax, or at the public meeting. Oral comments will be accepted at the public meeting. A preliminary draft of the proposed changes is available upon request. Written comments on and/or requests for copies of the rule may be directed to Mark Mullin, Tax Policy Specialist, Legislation and Policy Division, State of Washington Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 47467, Olympia, WA 98504-7467, phone (360) 570-6112, fax (360) 664-0693, e-mail MarkM@dor.wa.gov.
Location and Date of Public Meeting: Capital Plaza Building, 4th Floor Large Conference Room, 1025 Union Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA, on Tuesday, October 21, 2003, at 1:30 p.m.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Sandy Davis no later than ten days before the hearing date, TDD 1-800-451-7985 or (360) 725-7499.
September 5, 2003
Alan R. Lynn
Legislation and Policy Division