WSR 13-14-093
[Filed July 1, 2013, 3:57 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-358 WAC, Temporary worker housing and chapter 246-361 WAC, Cherry harvest camps. The department is opening rules to assess the current licensing fee structure for temporary worker housing (TWH) and cherry harvest camps and issues directly related to these fees.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.70.340 and chapter 70.114A RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department of health promotes public health and safety by inspecting and licensing migrant farmworker housing through the TWH program. To assure fees are fairly assessed of operators and are set appropriately to support the costs of operating the TWH program, the current TWH and cherry harvest camps' licensing fee structures will be evaluated by the department. Only issues directly related to these fees will be considered in this rule making. Licensing fees include fees for initial licenses, renewals, late fees, and on-site inspections.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Washington state department of labor and industries and United States Department of Labor: The Washington state department of health will coordinate with these agencies as appropriate. These agencies also regulate TWH conditions but their regulations do not impact the department's fees.
Process for Developing New Rule: The department of health will use a collaborative rule-making process.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. The department of health will use electronic communication strategies (listserv, web site postings, e-mail notifications, and letters) to notify interested parties of rule making, stakeholder workshops, and opportunities to submit written comments on proposed rules. The department of health will take public testimony during the official public rules hearing. For more information, please contact Debra Fisher, Program Manager, Washington State Department of Health, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 236-2952, e-mail Debra.Fisher@DOH.WA.GOV.
July 1, 2013
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH