WSR 07-18-040

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed August 29, 2007, 10:43 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-610 WAC, Livestock brand inspection, the department is reviewing chapter 16-610 WAC to determine if rule making should be initiated to clarify rules regarding the change or addition of sales days at public livestock markets.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 16.57, 16.58, 16.65, and 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Confusion exists regarding the requirements and process of changing or adding sales days at public livestock markets. A new rule would clearly outline the requirements and process, resulting in less confusion and better facilitation between the Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA) and its stakeholders.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: The WSDA staff will develop the rule proposal and will communicate with stakeholders regarding the proposal. Interested parties can participate in the public hearing and public comment process.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Leslie Alexander, Livestock Brand Inspection Program Supervisor, P.O. Box 42560, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (509) 543-7383 or (360) 902-1987.

August 22, 2007

Leonard E. Eldridge, DVM

State Veterinarian

Washington State Code Reviser's Office