WSR 01-06-048

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

[ Filed March 6, 2001, 11:31 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department will add a new section to chapter 415-103 WAC, Washington State Patrol retirement system benefit options, defining salary.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.50.050(5), 43.43.142.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Currently there is no definition of salary, earnable compensation, or anything similar in chapter 415-103 WAC. Adding a definition will assist in determining retirement benefits.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The department will work with the Washington State Patrol on this rule.

Process for Developing New Rule: Department staff will work on the project, with the assistance of the Office of the Attorney General and the Washington State Patrol. The public is invited and encouraged to participate, as described below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. The Department of Retirement Systems encourages your active participation in the rule-making process. Anyone interested in participating should contact the rules coordinator, below. After the rule(s) is drafted, DRS will file a copy with the Office of the Code Reviser with a notice of proposed rule making, and send a copy to everyone currently on the mailing list and anyone else who requests a copy. For more information on how to participate, please contact Merry A. Kogut, Rules Coordinator, Department of Retirement Systems, Mailstop 48380, P.O. Box 48380, Olympia, WA 98504-8380, voice (360) 664-7291, TTY (360) 586-5450, e-mail merryk@drs.wa.gov, fax (360) 753-3166.

March 6, 2001

Merry A. Kogut

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office