DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
[Filed April 23, 2019, 6:37 a.m.]
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Chapter 16-532 WAC, Hops.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of this proposal is to update hop bale labeling requirements and to update public disclosure rules to implement RCW 42.56.040
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Updating hop bale labeling requirements are [is] necessary to facilitate the use of new technology using hand-held inkjet printers for hop bale marking and to acknowledge harmonization of United States hop variety codes with international standards. Updating public disclosure rules for the commission is a housekeeping task necessary to implement RCW 42.56.120
Statute Being Implemented: Chapters 15.65
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Washington hop commission, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation, and Enforcement: Ann George, 32 North 3rd Street, Yakima, WA, 509-453-4749.
This notice meets the following criteria to use the expedited adoption process for these rules:
Relates only to internal governmental operations that are not subject to violation by a person.
Adopts or incorporates by reference without material change federal statutes or regulations, Washington state statutes, rules of other Washington state agencies, shoreline master programs other than those programs governing shorelines of statewide significance, or, as referenced by Washington state law, national consensus codes that generally establish industry standards, if the material adopted or incorporated regulates the same subject matter and conduct as the adopting or incorporating rule.
Explanation of the Reason the Agency Believes the Expedited Rule-Making Process is Appropriate: This rule making contains administrative changes and other changes that are necessary because of national industry standards. It does not rise to the level of requiring a referendum of hop producers.
THIS RULE IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR THE AGENCY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS, PREPARE A SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT, OR PROVIDE RESPONSES TO THE CRITERIA FOR A SIGNIFICANT LEGISLATIVE RULE. IF YOU OBJECT TO THIS USE OF THE EXPEDITED RULE-MAKING PROCESS, YOU MUST EXPRESS YOUR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING AND THEY MUST BE SENT TO Teresa Norman, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone 360-902-2043, fax 360-902-2092, email WSDARulesComments@agr.wa.gov, AND RECEIVED BY July 2, 2019.
April 23, 2019
Derek I. Sandison
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-14-054, filed 6/25/08, effective 7/26/08)
Each lot of hops must be identified by the crop year produced, grower number and lot designation, and variety code stenciled on each bale.
(1) A ((three-digit))five-character grower number will be assigned by the Washington hop commodity board (commission) prior to the annual harvest.
(2) The first marking will consist of the last two digits of the crop year and a hyphen, followed by the ((three-digit))five-character grower number and three-digit lot designation (example: ((8-000-001))18-WA000-001).
(3) The first marking shall be affixed ((on the head or top))in an easily identified location on the upper face of the bale (nonsewn side) and shall be in characters approximately two inches high.
(4) The second marking will ((consist of))designate the hop variety, utilizing a ((two-letter))three-character abbreviation. A list of ((approved two-letter))three-character abbreviations will be approved annually by the Washington state hop commodity board, and will be consistent with internationally accepted variety codes issued by the International Hop Growers Convention.
(5) The second marking shall be affixed immediately below the first marking on the ((head or top))upper face of the bale (nonsewn side), and shall be in characters approximately two inches high.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 17-05-032, filed 2/8/17, effective 3/11/17)
WAC 16-532-145Fees—Inspection and copying.
(1) No fee shall be charged for the inspection of public records.
(2) ((The commission shall charge fifteen cents per black and white copy plus postage to reimburse itself for the costs of providing copies of public records.
(3) Requests for records in special formatting, including color copies, will be charged at the amount necessary to reimburse the commission for its actual production costs. If the public records officer deems it more efficient to have copying or duplicating done outside the commission, the charges will be based on the actual cost of such outside copying or duplicating service.
))Pursuant to RCW 42.56.120(2), the commission declares for the following reasons that it would be unduly burdensome for it to calculate the actual costs it charges for providing copies of public records. Funds were not allocated for performing a study to calculate such costs and the commission lacks the necessary funds to perform a study and calculations; staff resources are insufficient to perform a study and to calculate such actual costs; and a study would interfere with and disrupt other essential commission functions.
(3) The commission may charge fees for production of copies of public records consistent with the fee schedule established in RCW 42.56.120.
(4) For all copying or duplicating service charges incurred, an invoice will be sent to the requestor. Reimbursement is payable within fifteen days of receipt of invoice payable to the Washington hop commission. The commission may require that all charges be paid in advance of release of the copies of the records.
(((4)))(5) The commission or its designee may waive any of the foregoing copying costs.