WSR 06-21-028

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL


[ Filed October 9, 2006, 2:12 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 446-10-010 through 446-10-150, public records compliance.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.56.040 through 46.56.570, Public Records Act.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To provide information to records requestors and state and local agencies about "best practices" for complying with the Public Records Act, RCW 42.56.040 through 42.56.570. The model rules will establish a culture of compliance among agencies and a culture of cooperation among requestors by standardizing best practices throughout the state. The Washington state patrol WAC rules are outdated and in an effort to comply with the wishes of the 2005 legislature, we wish to modify them to more closely resemble the attorney general model rules, and update agency rules regarding disclosure of public records.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Attorney general's office.

Process for Developing New Rule: Worked with the attorney general's office to update the current WAC to coordinate compliance among agencies in establishing a culture of cooperation among requestors by standardizing best practices throughout the state.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting the Washington State Patrol, Public Disclosure Section, P.O. Box 42631, Olympia, WA 98504-2631, Gretchen.dolan@wsp.wa.gov, (360) 753-5467, fax (360) 753-0234. Review proposed language at www.wsp.wa.gov under Rules Assistance Center, WACs.

October 9, 2006

John R. Batiste

Chief

Washington State Code Reviser's Office