FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 20-61—Filed April 29, 2020, 11:38 a.m., effective May 5, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: May 5, 2020.
Purpose: The Washington department of fish and wildlife (WDFW) delayed turkey hunts due to COVID-19. WDFW will reopen turkey season dates starting May 5-31.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-416-01000B.
Other Authority: None.
Under RCW 34.05.350
the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: WDFW delayed turkey hunts as part of an effort to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This delay was necessary to comply with Governor Inslee's recent statewide proclamation to extend "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" for all Washingtonians through May 4. New season dates will be May 5-31.
There is insufficient time to adopt permanent rules.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: April 29, 2020.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective May 5, 2020:
2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 Small game and other wildlife seasons and regulations. (20-56)
Reviser's note: The section above appears as filed by the agency pursuant to RCW 34.08.040
; however, the reference to WAC 220-413-01000B is probably intended to be WAC 220-416-01000B.