WSR 07-07-039

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed March 13, 2007, 8:16 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Intrastate movement of livestock.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: For movement of livestock within the state of Washington, there are no animal health documentation requirements if there is no change of ownership. At the request of stakeholders, the Washington state department of agriculture intends to propose rules stating this position. Rules exist for moving livestock into the state.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Department staff will discuss any proposed rule making with affected stakeholders. The stakeholders will have an opportunity to submit written comments on the proposed rules during the public comment period, and will be able to present written and oral testimony at the public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lynn Briscoe, Special Assistant to the State Veterinarian, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Animal Services Division, P.O. Box 42577, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-1987.

March 1, 2007

Leonard E. Eldridge, DVM

State Veterinarian

Washington State Code Reviser's Office