WSR 05-06-002

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

SECRETARY OF STATE


[ Filed February 16, 2005, 2:53 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Fee for filing initiatives and signature verification method for initiative petitions and absentee ballots.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 29A.04.610, 43.07.120.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules are needed to define the filing procedure for initiatives, including fees, and required documents. There is also a need to standardize the method by which signatures are verified for petitions and absentee ballots.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Pamela Floyd, P.O. Box 40237, Olympia, WA 98504-0237, pfloyd@secstate.wa.gov, phone (360) 725-5781, fax (360) 664-2971.

February 17 [16], 2005

Sam Reed

Secretary of State

Washington State Code Reviser's Office