PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: New WAC to develop and implement an AMBER alert plan.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: SSB 5012 (RCW 13.60.010).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SSB 5012 provides the Washington state patrol with statutory authority to adopt a statewide AMBER alert plan to outline criteria and ensure that law enforcement agencies and local radio and television stations have the ability to engage effectively the residents of their communities when it is necessary to get their help in finding an endangered child, without making the advisories so frequent that no one pays attention.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: WASPC/law enforcement, WSAB/media, WSDOT, lottery, military department/EMD, DIS. DOJ NCMEC will also be consulted and advised.
Process for Developing New Rule: Coordination will be primarilty [primarily] through the AMBER alert advisory committee that includes representaives [representatives] from all of the above agencies as well as other stakeholders through meetings, e-mails, conference calls and/or other means.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Marty Knorr, P.O. Box 42621, Olympia, WA 98501, phone (360) 704-2282, fax (360) 704-2287, email@example.com.
August 5, 2009
John R. Batiste