WSR 07-06-045

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed March 1, 2007, 3:15 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Revisions to WAC 16-301-105 Filing of a complaint for arbitration and chapter 16-303 WAC, Seed assessment, fees for seed services and seed certification.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 15.49.081 and 15.49.370(3) - seeds; and chapter 34.05 RCW, Administrative Procedure Act.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department of agriculture is organizing a special committee to review the schedule of charges for services rendered by the seed program. This review will include an examination of the fee levels to determine if they are adequate for appropriate cost-recovery and financial solvency of the seed program.

Process for Developing New Rule: The department is organizing a special committee made up of members of the seed industry to review the fee structure of the department's seed program. Updates of the review process will be shared with the seed program advisory committee.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Fawad Shah, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Seed Program, 21 North 1st Avenue, Suite 203, Yakima, WA 98902, phone (509) 225-2636, e-mail fshah@agr.wa.gov.

March 1, 2007

Randall R. Deike

Acting Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office