WSR 02-01-007

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Office of the Secretary)

[ Filed December 7, 2001, 7:56 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amend chapter 388-01 WAC, DSHS organization/disclosure of public records.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.17.250 and 34.05.220 (1)(b).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Need to update and clarify current rules to reflect changes and improvements in procedure for responding to requests for disclosure of public records.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Each state agency has its own rules on public records disclosure.

Process for Developing New Rule: A workgroup representing various DSHS administrations will determine what sections of the chapter need to be amended and develop a draft that will be circulated to stakeholders for comment and review. Any interested persons who would like to participate and receive a copy are invited to contact the person indicated below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kristal Wiitala Knutson, Department of Social and Health Services, Public Disclosure Manager, Office of the Secretary, P.O. Box 45010, Olympia, WA 98504-5010, phone (360) 902-7649, fax (360) 902-7848, e-mail knutskw@dshs.wa.gov.

December 5, 2001

Brian H. Lindgren, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office