PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending chapter 137-08 WAC, Public records -- Disclosure; adding a new section relating to electronic disclosure of public records.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 72.01.090, 42.56.040.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is responding to a petition to adopt WAC 44-14-050, six comments on the rule and two sentences from another comment to the rules. The department intends to develop rules that meet the spirit of the Public Records Act and Governor Gregoire's direction of September 18, 2007, and that are specific, achievable and meaningful to the agency and the citizens who request the department's records.
Process for Developing New Rule: A public forum will be held in January 2008 to solicit comment. Parties interested in participating in the forum or providing comment on the development of a draft proposed rule should contact the rules coordinator at the address below. Following the forum, a proposed draft rule will be distributed to all interested parties and comments will be received and considered prior to filing the draft rule with the code reviser.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting John Nispel, Rules Coordinator, Department of Corrections, Contracts and Legal Affairs, P.O. Box 41114, Olympia, WA 98504-1114, phone (360) 725-8365, fax (360) 664-2009, e-mail jrnispel@DOC1.wa.gov.
November 29, 2007