PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: This rule making would consider amending sections of chapter 480-31 WAC, Private, nonprofit transportation providers; chapter 480-51 WAC, Commercial ferries; and chapter 480-70 WAC, Solid waste collection companies; to reflect recent changes to chapters 81.66, 81.77, and 81.84 RCW, relating to notice and opportunity for hearing prior to suspension or revocation of a certificate, and in conjunction with a request for certification to operate in a territory served by an existing certificate holder.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 80.01.040, 81.04.160.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: On July 24, 2005, a new law, SSB 5105, amending Title 81 RCW took effect. It amends RCW 81.66.060, 81.68.030, 81.68.040, 81.77.030, 81.77.040, and 81.84.020, and adds a new section to chapters 81.70 and 81.68 RCW. Under SSB 5105, the commission is no longer required to hold a hearing before it can suspend or revoke a certificate, or consider a request for a certificate to operate in a territory served by an existing certificate holder. Instead, the commission is only required to provide notice and an opportunity for a hearing. RCW 81.68.030 and 81.68.040, and the new section added to chapter 81.68 RCW, will not be included in this rule making. They will be addressed in the bus rules rule making currently open, Docket TC-020497.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and the commission will ask for initial written comments, and will provide the opportunity for additional comments. The commission will conduct a workshop if there is stakeholder interest or disagreement.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting the Secretary, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 47250, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504-7250, phone (360) 664-1174, fax (360) 586-1150. Interested persons may file written comments on the CR-101 by October 26, 2005.
WRITTEN COMMENTS: Written comments may be submitted to the commission at the address given above and should be filed with the commission no later than October 26, 2005. Please submit comments in Word format to facilitate creation by commission staff of summaries.
Electronic copies: The commission requests that comments be provided in electronic format to enhance public access, for ease of providing comments, to reduce the need for paper copies, and to facilitate quotations from the comments. Please provide electronic files in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) and in .doc (MS Word 97 or later) to make them most useful to the commission. Comments may be submitted by electronic mail to the commission's records center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include:
• The docket numbers of this proceeding (T-051359).
• The commenting party's name.
• The title and date of the comment or comments.
An alternative method for submitting electronic comments is by mailing/delivering an electronic copy on a 3 1/2 inch, IBM-formatted, high-density disk. Include all of the information requested above. The commission will post on the commission's web site all comments that are provided in electronic format. The web site is located at http://www.wutc.wa.gov/051359.
If you are unable to file your comments electronically or to submit them on a disk, the commission will always accept a paper document.
Opportunity for further comment is anticipated. Information about the schedule and other aspects of the rule making, including comments, will be posted on the commission's web site as it becomes available. If you wish to receive further information on this rule making, you may (1) call the commission's records center at (360) 664-1234, (2) e-mail the commission at <email@example.com>, or (3) mail written comments to the address above to the attention of Carole Washburn, Executive Secretary. When contacting the commission, please refer to Docket No. T-051359 to ensure that you are placed on the appropriate service list. Questions may be addressed to Sharyn Bate by phone at (360) 664-1295 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 5, 2005
Carole J. Washburn