WSR 99-23-087



[ Filed November 16, 1999, 3:37 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-217-025 Issuance of food worker cards -- Fees, the State Board of Health will consider whether the fee for food worker cards should be raised.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 69.06.020 Permit exclusive and valid throughout the state -- Fee.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Food worker cards protect public health by ensuring that food handlers are trained and able to pass a test demonstrating knowledge of proper food handling techniques. RCW 69.06.020 directs that the fee for food worker cards should reflect the actual cost of food worker training, testing and administration of these programs. However, the fee for food worker cards has not been adjusted since 1992. The State Board of Health is considering whether current fees provide adequate funding to continue programs at present levels.

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 issue will be discussed and public comment will be taken at State Board of Health meetings. The Department of Health will also work to include interested parties through mailings and/or workshops.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Michelle Davis, Rules Manager, Department of Health, State Board of Health, P.O. Box 47890, Olympia, WA 98504-7890, (360) 236-4044, fax (360) 236-7424.

November 15, 1999

Don Sloma

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office