DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
[Filed October 1, 1997, 11:44 a.m.]
The Following Sections are Proposed for Expedited Repeal: WAC 246-490-019 New record for child when father acknowledges paternity.
Rules Proposed for Expedited Repeal Meet the Following Criteria: Rule is no longer necessary because of changed circumstances; and other rules of the agency or of another agency govern the same activity as the rule, making the rule redundant.
Any person who objects to the repeal of the rule must file a written objection to the repeal within thirty days after publication of this preproposal statement of inquiry.
Address Your Objection to: Michelle Davis, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Washington State Department of Health, P.O. Box 47890, Olympia, WA 98504-7890, FAX (360) 586-7424.
Reason the Expedited Repeal of the Rule is Appropriate: The legal documentation of paternity requirements in this rule do not meet the requirements outlined in the Washington State Welfare Reform Act, chapter 58, Laws of 1997. This act amended chapters 26.26 and 70.58 RCW to meet federal requirements for the addition of the father's name to a child's birth certificate, as well as the requirement for indicating marital status at the time of the child's birth. WAC 246-490-019 is also in conflict with the new Federal Welfare Reform Act--The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act outlines requirements for establishing paternity and mandates legal documentation for filing a paternity affidavit with the state registrar.
September 29, 1997