WSR 98-08-034

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

[Filed March 23, 1998, 11:19 a.m.]



Subject of Possible Rule Making: Update livestock identification program WACs to provide consistent language and fee levels with July 1, 1998, statutory reductions; to expand the use of self-inspection slips to further reduce inspection costs for industry and to reduce paperwork and relieve program expenditures by reducing mandatory inspection points

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 16.57.160, 16.57.220, 16.57.240, 16.57.350, 16.58.050, 16.58.030, 16.58.130, 16.65.037, and 16.65.090

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Program licensing and inspection fees are reduced by 20% effective July 1, 1998. In order to operate this mandated program for livestock owners in a cost effective manner, services must be reduced. Additional clarity will be provided to certain rules to be consistent with statutory requirements

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Coordination with United States Department of Agriculture Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) accomplished through discussion and sharing of draft information

Process for Developing New Rule: Proposed rules will be made available to stakeholders and interested parties for comment and reviewed with the Livestock Identification Advisory Board established in chapter 16.57 RCW

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Washington State Department of Agriculture, Attention: Marcia Greene, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1852, FAX (360) 902-2086

March 23, 1998

Julie C. Sandberg

Assistant Director

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