WSR 99-24-052



(Economic Services Administration)

(Division of Assistance Programs)

[ Filed November 29, 1999, 11:17 a.m. , effective December 1, 1999 ]

Date of Adoption: November 29, 1999.

Purpose: Updates the utility allowance for food assistance programs. These amounts are used to determine benefit amount for food assistance benefits.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-450-195.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 74.040.510 [74.04.510].

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 99-20-101 on October 5, 1999.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: The amounts for the utility allowances have been changed to reflect the actual amounts to be used. The figures used for the proposed rule change were preliminary due to the unavailability of data to determine the correct amount in time for filing.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: The final figures are not available until after the time of filing for proposed changes. The standard must be updated effective December 1 of each year. The federal government requires that states use a scientifically valid method to determine allowance amounts and all data is not available at the time of the proposed filing date.Effective Date of Rule: December 1, 1999.

November 29, 1999

Marie Myerchin-Redifer, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 99-09-055, filed 7/31/98 [4/19/99], effective 9/1/98 [5/20/99])

WAC 388-450-0195
Utility allowances for food assistance programs.

You can use the amounts in the chart below to calculate total shelter costs. Total shelter costs are used in calculating your food assistance benefits.

If you have to pay: Then, you can use the:
Separate heating or cooling costs Standard utility allowance (SEA) of $((211)) 220
Separate utility costs, but no heating or cooling costs Limited utility allowance (L.A.) of $((158)) 160
Separate costs for phone service only Telephone utility allowance (TA) of $29

[Statutory Authority: R.W. 74.04.510.  99-09-055, 388-450-0195, filed 4/19/99, effective 5/20/99.  Statutory Authority: R.W. 74.04.510 and 7 CAR 273.9 (d)(6).  99-01-069, 388-450-0195, filed 12/14/98, effective 1/14/99.  Statutory Authority: R.W. 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057 and 74.08.090.  98-16-044, 388-450-0195, filed 7/31/98, effective 9/1/98.]

Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.

Reviser's note: RCW 34.05.395 requires the use of underlining and deletion marks to indicate amendments to existing rules. The rule published above varies from its predecessor in certain respects not indicated by the use of these markings.

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