WSR 01-05-101

EMERGENCY RULES

REDISTRICTING COMMISSION


[ Filed February 20, 2001, 4:05 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: February 20, 2001.

Purpose: To update contact and meeting schedule information for the Washington State Redistricting Commission. More specifically, to delete inaccurate address and telephone information for the commission; to replace inaccurate address information for the commission with current contact information; to indicate an expiration period of the new contact information and to direct future inquiries to the secretary of state; to add a new section directing communications and request to the commission offices; to replace inaccurate regular meeting information for the commission with a reference to the publication of current regular meeting information in the WSR; and to specify that notices of special meetings will be distributed at least twenty-four hours prior to a special meeting.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 417-01-105, 417-01-125, and 417-01-150.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 44.05.080(1).

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: The limited duration of the commission, which was just reconvened in January 2001, the critical due dates established in the state constitution and state law for a redistricting plan, and the importance of public input on such plans, require the public to be able to contact the agency to monitor and participate in its activities. As such, the commission finds that an immediate amendment to the rules is required to update the address and other agency contact information and to update the information on commission meetings. The commission finds that these emergency amendments are immediately required for the general welfare and that waiting to adopt a permanent rule before advising the public of how to contact the commission, and that regular meetings will be scheduled, would be contrary to the public interest.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 1, Amended 3, 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 0, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

February 20, 2001

Ethan Moreno

Executive Director

OTS-4688.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 91-20-006, filed 9/19/91, effective 10/20/91)

WAC 417-01-105   Description of organization.   The Washington state redistricting commission is a five member commission appointed in accordance with article 2, section 43 of the state constitution and chapter 44.05 RCW. The membership consists of four voting members appointed by the leaders of the two largest political caucuses in the senate and house of representatives. The commission chair is selected by the voting members. ((The administrative office of the commission is located at the Washington State Redistricting Commission, Suite 306, 1110 Capitol Way South, Olympia, Washington 98504. The commission's phone number is (360) 786-7935.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 44.05.080(1). 91-20-006, 417-01-105, filed 9/19/91, effective 10/20/91.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 91-20-006, filed 9/19/91, effective 10/20/91)

WAC 417-01-125   Offices.   ((The offices of the commission, and its mailing address, shall be Suite 306, 1110 Capitol Way South, Olympia, Washington 98504.)) (1) The commission office is located at 505 East Union Avenue, Third Floor, Olympia, Washington. The mailing address is: Washington State Redistricting Commission, P.O. Box 40948, Olympia, WA 98504-0948. Telephone number: (360) 586-9000. Facsimile number: (360) 586-8995. Internet address: www.redistricting.wa.gov. Electronic mail address: contact@redistricting.wa.gov. Office hours for the commission shall be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all normal business days. Office hours for inspection and copying of public records shall be as provided in chapter two hereof.

(2) The commission address and contact information shall remain in effect for the duration of the 2001-2002 commission. Inquiries after that date shall be directed to the secretary of state.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 44.05.080(1). 91-20-006, 417-01-125, filed 9/19/91, effective 10/20/91.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 417-01-127   Communications, inquiries and requests.   Communications, inquiries and requests to the commission and staff concerning commission rules, meetings, or other matters may be made in person, by letter, by telephone, by telefax or by electronic means to the offices listed in WAC 417-01-125(1). Requests for public records must be made in writing.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 91-20-006, filed 9/19/91, effective 10/20/91)

WAC 417-01-150   ((Schedule of)) Meetings.   (1) Regular meetings: The commission shall meet ((monthly)) regularly during the months of April ((1991)) through December ((1991 on the second Thursday of the month)) in each year ending in one, at the commission's offices in Olympia, ((at 4 p.m., unless they shall appoint a different day, time or place)) as published in the Washington State Register.

(2) Special meetings: The commission shall meet at other times and places, at the call of the chair or of a majority of the commissioners. Notice of special meetings shall be given ((as far in advance as may be practical)) at least twenty-four hours before the time of such meeting as specified in the notice, to the press and to all others who have requested notice of commission meetings.

(3) Agenda: The chair, or the commission majority calling a special meeting, shall propose an agenda for the meeting, which shall be distributed to commissioners, to the press, and to others who have requested notice, at the earliest practical date prior to the meeting.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 44.05.080(1). 91-20-006, 417-01-150, filed 9/19/91, effective 10/20/91.]

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