WSR 06-24-127

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

OFFICE OF MINORITY AND

WOMEN'S BUSINESS ENTERPRISES

[ Filed December 6, 2006, 9:57 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending WAC 326-20-115 to allow use of a declaration by the owner(s) of a business applicant in place of a sworn statement by the owner(s) of a business applicant for the application for certification, application for recertification and annual update, unless a sworn statement is specifically required by federal law or regulation.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 39.19.030.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Chapter 39.19 RCW does not require the signature on the application for certification, application for recertification, and the annual update to be notarized. Federal law or regulation may require a sworn statement on some documents. Use of a declaration will streamline the certification, recertification and annual update application processes and less [lessen] the burden on businesses.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: This is a rule that will govern the actions of the office and is not subject to violation by a nongovernment party.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Cathy V. Canorro, Rules Coordinator, Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises, P.O. Box 41160, Olympia, WA 98504-1160, direct 1-360-704-1187, toll free 1-866-208-1064, fax 1-360-587-7079, e-mail ccanorro@omwbe.wa.gov.

December 6, 2006

Carolyn Crowson

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office