WSR 99-23-022

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

[ Filed November 9, 1999, 1:14 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Management and administration of Washington State Patrol retirement system (WSPRS).

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 43.43 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: RCW 43.43.278 mandates that the Department of Retirement Systems adopt rules that allow a member to select, in lieu of benefits under RCW 43.43.270, an actuarially equivalent retirement option that pays the member a reduced retirement allowance and upon death shall be continued throughout the life of the lawful surviving spouse.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department did not seek input on the preliminary draft prior to filing the CR-101. Copies of the draft rule will be circulated to interested parties for comment. Interested parties include those persons known to the department, such as state employees who are or will become members of the system, their employers and representatives. We will also make copies of the draft rules available to any other person who requests a copy and/or opportunity to comment.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Leah Wilson, WSPRS Plan Administrator, (360) 664-7049, Elyette M. Weinstein, Rules Coordinator, (360) 664-7307, Department of Retirement Systems, fax (360) 753-3166, Mailstop 48380, P.O. Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380.

November 9, 1999

Elyette M. Weinstein

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office