PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Title 390 WAC, rules implementing chapter 445, Laws of 2005 (ESSB 5034 Electioneering communications), including independent expenditure reporting (WAC 390-16-060), and other related rules in Title 390 WAC.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 445, Laws of 2005 and RCW 42.17.370.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Public Disclosure Commission will consider possible rule amendments to Title 390 WAC, including WAC 390-16-060, and possible new rules to reflect legislative changes found in ESSB 5034 Electioneering communications. The rules are designed to provide guidance and clarification to the general public and persons subject to the disclosure law.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: At its meeting on January 23, 2006, and February 22, 2006, the commission is expected to discuss and possibly approve draft language on the above referenced rule topics. Public comment will be welcome at these meetings. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments by January 19, 2006, to Doug Ellis, Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908. Written comments received by Friday, January 13, 2006, will be provided to commissioners in advance of that meeting. A formal public hearing is expected to occur in conjunction with the commission's April meeting.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting the Assistant Director, Doug Ellis, Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908, (360) 664-2735, toll free 1-877-601-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 2, 2005