WSR 09-16-134

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed August 5, 2009, 9:25 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 220-20-010 and other rules related to fishing and shellfishing by persons with a disability and their designated harvesters.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Some hatcheries and other fishing and shellfishing areas are closed to persons with a disability and their designated harvesters because access is not adequate for these people. These rules will remedy the issue.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Washington department of fish and wildlife (WDFW) works closely with DOJ to ensure that hunting, fishing, and shellfish opportunities throughout the state are in compliance with ADA requirements and guidelines.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lori Preuss, WDFW Enforcement, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2930, fax (360) 902-2155, e-mail Lori.Preuss@dfw.wa.gov. Contact by September 21, 2009. Expected proposal filing on or after September 23, 2009.

August 5, 2009

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office