WSR 09-12-044




[ Filed May 28, 2009, 8:04 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: New WAC 139-05-225 Psychological examination requirements.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.101.080.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Those who will be affected are persons seeking employment as a fully commissioned peace officer or a fully commissioned reserve law enforcement officer as required under RCW 43.101.080(19); peace officers and reserve law enforcement officers hired after July 24, 2005; and peace officers whose certification has lapsed as a result of a break in service in excess of twenty-four consecutive months as a fully commissioned peace officer under RCW 43.101.125 as required by RCW 43.101.105(2).

This rule is the result of legislation passed in the form of HB 1324 and SB 5157 requiring the criminal justice training commission to set the standard for conducting preemployment psychological examinations for peace officers and reserve law enforcement officers. Setting this standard in WAC will provide a minimum standard for psychological examinations. This standard does not currently exit [exist] in this 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: 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 Sonja Hirsch, Rules Coordinator, WSCJTC, 19010 1st Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148, e-mail, phone (206) 835-7372. Commissioners, board members, and stakeholders were advised of the proposed rule changes via e-mail. Proposed changes were also listed on the agency web site.

May 28, 2009

Sonja Hirsch

Executive Assistant

Hearing and

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office