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WSR 97-16-060

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING

(Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers)

[Filed August 1, 1997, 10:48 a.m.]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: Brief adjudicative proceedings.

Purpose: To implement procedures for holding brief adjudicative proceedings for certain matters requiring a board decision but which do not require a hearing before the entire board.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.39.175(4).

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 18.39 RCW.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: This rule is promulgated in order to bring the board up to par with other boards and commissions which have authority for brief adjudicating proceedings, and in part, in accordance with legislative mandate.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jon Donnellan, Administrator, Department of Licensing, 405 Black Lake Boulevard, Olympia, (360) 586-4905.

Name of Proponent: Board or Funeral Directors and Embalmers, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: These rules provide guidelines for the board to hold brief adjudicative proceedings for the following issues:

To determine whether an applicant meets the minimum requirement for any license or registration issued by the board.

To determine whether a person is in compliance with terms and conditions of a final order or agreement issued by the board.

To determine whether an education course or curriculum meets the criteria for approval.

To determine whether a license holder requesting renewal has submitted all required information and meets minimum criteria.

To determine whether a license holder has been certified by a lending agency and reported to the board for nonpayment or default on a federally or state-guaranteed educational loan or service-conditional scholarship.

Proposal does not change existing rules.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers has determined there is no impact on small business as a result of this rule.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. Department of Licensing is exempt from this statute.

Hearing Location: Holiday Inn (Ballroom "C"), 800 Rainier Avenue South, Renton, WA 98055, (425) 226-7700, on September 18, 1997, at 9:30 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Jon Donnellan by telephone, TDD (360) 586-2788, or (360) 586-4905.

Submit Written Comments to: Jon Donnellan, Administrator, Funeral and Cemetery Unit, P.O. Box 9012, Olympia, WA 98507-9012, (360) 586-4905, FAX (360) 664-2550, by September 11, 1997.

Date of Intended Adoption: September 18, 1997.

August 1, 1997

Jon Donnellan

Administrator

NEW SECTION

WAC 308-48-810 Application of brief adjudicative proceedings. The board adopts RCW 34.05.482 through 34.05.494 for the administration of brief adjudicative proceedings conducted by request, and/or at the discretion of the board chair pursuant to RCW 34.05.482, for the categories of matters set forth below. Brief adjudicative proceedings will be limited to a determination of one or more of the following issues:

(1) Whether an applicant for a license meets the minimum criteria for a license to operate a funeral establishment, branch funeral establishment, or a crematory; or to receive a prearrangement funeral service contract license; or for a license to practice as a funeral director, embalmer, apprentice funeral director, or apprentice embalmer; and the board proposes to deny the application;

(2) Whether a person is in compliance with the terms and conditions of a final order or agreement previously issued by the board;

(3) Whether an education course or curriculum meets the criteria for approval when approval by the board is required or authorized by statute or rule;

(4) Whether a license holder requesting renewal has submitted all required information and whether a license holder meets minimum criteria for renewal; and

(5) Whether a license holder has been certified by a lending agency and reported to the board for nonpayment or default on a federally or state-guaranteed educational loan or service-conditional scholarship.

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NEW SECTION

WAC 308-48-820 Preliminary record in brief adjudicative proceedings. (1) The preliminary record with respect to an application for an original or renewal license or for approval of an education course or curriculum shall consist of:

(a) The application for the license, renewal, or approval and all associated documents;

(b) All documents relied upon by the board in proposing to deny the license, renewal, or approval; and

(c) All correspondence between the applicant for license, renewal, or approval and the board regarding the application.

(2) The preliminary record with respect to determination of compliance with a previously issued final order or agreement shall consist of:

(a) The previously issued final order or agreement;

(b) All reports or other documents submitted by, or at the direction of, the license holder, in full or partial fulfillment of the terms of the final order or agreement;

(c) All correspondence between the license holder and the board regarding compliance with the final order or agreement; and

(d) All documents relied upon by the board showing that the license holder has failed to comply with the previously issued final order or agreement.

(3) The preliminary record with respect to the determination of nonpayment or default by the license holder on a federally or state-guaranteed educational loan or service-conditional scholarship shall consist of:

(a) Certification and report by the lending agency that the identified person is in default or nonpayment on a federally or state-guaranteed educational loan or service-conditional scholarship; or

(b) A written release, if any, issued by the lending agency stating that the identified person is making payment on the loan in accordance with a repayment agreement approved by the lending agency.

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NEW SECTION

WAC 308-48-830 Conduct of brief adjudicative proceedings. (1) Brief adjudicative proceedings shall be conducted by a presiding officer for brief adjudicative proceedings designated by the current board chair. The presiding officer for brief adjudicative proceedings shall not have personally participated in the decision which resulted in the request for a brief adjudicative proceeding.

(2) The parties or their representatives may present written documentation. The presiding officer for brief adjudicative proceedings shall designate the date by which written documents must be submitted by the parties.

(3) The presiding officer for brief adjudicative proceedings may, in his or her discretion, entertain oral argument from the parties or their representatives.

(4) No witnesses may appear to testify.

(5) In addition to the record, the presiding officer for brief adjudicative proceedings may employ board expertise as a basis for the decision.

(6) The presiding officer for brief adjudicative proceedings shall not issue an oral order. Within ten days of the final date for submission of materials or oral argument, if any, the presiding officer for brief adjudicative proceedings shall enter an initial order.

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