PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Adoption of rule pertaining to special meetings.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 36.70A.270(7).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: RCW 36.70A.270(9) provides for an annual meeting of the three hearings boards. WAC 242-02-076 provides that this annual meeting shall occur in October and additionally provides for a semi-annual meeting in April. The boards have determined that matters may arise which require a joint meeting of the boards in addition to meetings currently addressed in the RCW and WAC. The adoption of a special meetings rule would address this need.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting the Boards' Rules Coordinator, Julie Ainsworth-Taylor, 800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2356, Seattle, WA 98104, phone (206) 389-2625, e-mail Juliet@cps.gmhb.wa.gov. Meeting of the joint boards in April of 2008 (date/time to be posted on boards' web site www.gmhb.wa.gov).
January 25, 2008
James J. McNamara
Chair, Rules Committee