PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 415-02-500 through 415-02-550, 415-104-202, 415-104-211, 415-104-215, and 415-02-380.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 41.50.050(5), 41.50.500, [41.50.]670 et seq., [41.50.]790, 41.26.162, [41.26.]164, [41.26.]460, chapter 41.45 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) adopted the new and amended rules listed above to implement ESB 6380 (chapter 158, Laws of 2002); these rules become effective July 1, 2003. It may prove necessary for DRS to amend one or more of these rules.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Office of the State Actuary may be required to provide actuarial information for implementation of one or more of these rules. DRS works closely with that office.
Process for Developing New Rule: Department staff will work on the project, with the assistance of the Office of the Attorney General. The public is invited and encourage 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (360) 753-3166.
June 9, 2003
Merry A. Kogut