WSR 06-06-052

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

SECRETARY OF STATE


(Elections Division)

[ Filed February 28, 2006, 9:06 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Implementation of a primary election system.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 29A.04.611.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Emergency rules for the pick-a-party primary system were adopted in 2004 and 2005, but permanent rules must be adopted. Rules will be based on the outcome of the pending appeal of Washington State Republican Party v. Logan, 377 F. Supp. 2d 907 (W.D. Wash. 2005).

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Tami Neilson, Policy Analyst, P.O. Box 40220, Olympia, WA 98504-0220, phone (360) 902-4182, fax (360) 586-5629, tneilson@secstate.wa.gov.

February 28, 2006

Steve Excell

Assistant Secretary of State

Washington State Code Reviser's Office