PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Develop the board's administrative procedures and ethics rules.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 34.05.220, 42.17.250, 42.17.260, and 76.09.040.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Forest Practices Board is considering development of rules that would:
• Govern the procedures before the agency,
• Describe the agency organization, and how to obtain information, and
• Address conflict of interest rules recommended by the Executive Ethics Board and provide guidance on other ethical issues.
Development of these rules would provide guidance and clarification on how state ethics laws pertain to the Forest Practices Board and provide clarity on administrative procedures.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Executive Ethics Board and Office of Financial Management will be advised during the rule development process.
Process for Developing New Rule: Consultation with assistance attorney general, staff, and board members to develop draft rules and policies as well as solicit public comments and prepare a draft for board consideration.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by mailing, faxing, or e-mailing comments to Patricia Anderson, Rules Coordinator, Forest Practices Board, Department of Natural Resources, Forest Practices Division, 1111 Washington Street, 4th Floor, P.O. Box 47012, Olympia, WA 98504-4701, fax (360) 902-1428, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 16, 2003