WSR 08-24-098

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed December 2, 2008, 1:17 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-19A WAC, Vocational rehabilitation -- Nonaccredited or unlicensed training programs.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030, 51.32.095, and chapter 72, Laws of 2007 (ESSB 5920).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The proposed rules will assist in the implementation of chapter 72, Laws of 2007 (ESSB 5920). This proposed rule making will include new rules to clarify the process and factors L&I will consider for approving or denying nonaccredited or unlicensed training programs for injured workers.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other federal or state agencies regulate this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: Labor and industries will begin the rule development process and will share the draft proposal with stakeholders and other interested parties, including the workers' compensation advisory committee. Public hearings will be held throughout the state after the proposal is filed.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Department of Labor and Industries, Josh Swanson, P.O. Box 44001, Olympia, WA 98504-4001, phone (360) 902-6805, fax (360) 902-4202, e-mail SWAJ235@LNI.WA.GOV; or Vickie Kennedy, P.O. Box 44001, Olympia, WA 98504-4001, phone (360) 902-4997, fax (360) 902-4202, e-mail KENE235@LNI.WA[.GOV].

December 2, 2008

Judy Schurke

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office