WSR 97-06-112

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HOUSING FINANCE COMMISSION

[Filed March 5, 1997, 10:02 a.m.]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: (1) WAC 262-01-030(8), allowing for the appointment of designees to act on behalf of commission members.

(2) WAC 262-02-020 to 262-02-030, stating the purpose of the commission and providing rules of conduct for commissioners and commission staff.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 43.180, 42.52 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: (1) The proposed rules amend the commission's procedure for appointing designees. The revised rules will allow the commission to approve designees to act until replaced by the ex officio member.

(2) The proposed rules also amend the commission's rules of conduct to implement the ethics in public service law codified at chapter 42.52 RCW.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The state of Washington Executive Ethics Board has reviewed the proposed rules of conduct. The proposed rules of conduct have been revised in response to the Executive Ethics Board's advisory opinion.

Process for Developing New Rule: The commission will request written comments from persons who may be interested in the development of the rules implementing chapter 42.52 RCW and revising WAC 262-01-030(8). Comments received will be considered by the commission before the proposed rules are published pursuant to a formal notice.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Written comments must be received by June 25, 1997. These comments will be considered by the commission at its June 26, 1997, meeting. Thereafter, the commission will proceed with rule making. Contact Mr. Mark McLaughlin, Deputy Executive Director, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, 1000 Second Avenue, Suite 2700, Seattle, WA 98104-1046, phone (206) 287-4462, FAX (206) 587-5113.

March 3, 1997

Mr. Mark McLaughlin

Deputy Executive Director

Legislature Code Reviser

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