WSR 05-03-090

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed January 18, 2005, 10:08 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-17 WAC, General reporting rules, classifications, audit and record keeping, rates and rating system for workers' compensation insurance.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.06.035 and 51.16.100.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Labor and industries is required by law to establish and maintain a workers' compensation classification plan that classifies all occupations or industries within the state and sets basic rates of premium for these classifications that are distributed fairly (RCW 51.16.035). The department has conducted a review of various classification and reporting rules and determined that certain rules are in need of revision, such as computer numeric controlled (CNC) machine shops, shake and shingle mills, entertainers, pallet dealers, construction debris cleanup classifications. General housekeeping changes will also be made.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state, local or federal agency regulates this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: Labor and industries will solicit input from the business community by way of direct mailings, the internet, focus meetings, and/or informal public meetings. Labor and industries will use this input to formulate proposed changes to the existing rules and advise customers of future rule making by direct mailing and/or the internet.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Labor and industries will mail letters with ideas on possible rule changes to affected employers. Employers will be encouraged to participate in the process to share ideas and/or meetings. Employers can obtain information on our process at the employer services website www.lni.wa.gov/insuranceservices/employerservices and can submit comments electronically to Moom235@lni.wa.gov or by calling (360) 902-4774 or by fax (360) 902-4729.

January 18, 2005

Paul Trause

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office