WSR 10-04-001

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

OFFICE OF

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

[ Insurance Commissioner Matter No. R 2008-07 -- Filed January 20, 2010, 2:50 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: State of Washington United States Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (USL&H) assigned risk plan.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 48.02.060 and 48.22.070.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule making is being initiated as a result of a petition (P.43) from the director of the USL&H assigned risk plan. The commissioner will consider amending the rules to provide more clarity and consistency to eligibility requirements relating to a Washington employer's purchase of coverage for employees working outside the territorial limits of this state. This is an amended CR-101 based on clarification and supplemental information supplied by the petitioner to limit the scope of the rule making to Washington employers as opposed to all employers as referenced in the original CR-101.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Submit written comments by March 19, 2010, to Chris Carlson, P.O. Box 40258, Olympia, WA 98504-0258, e-mail ChrisCA@OIC.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-3109.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Chris Carlson, P.O. Box 40258, Olympia, WA 98504-0258, e-mail ChrisCA@OIC.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-3109.

January 20, 2010

Mike Kreidler

Insurance Commissioner

Washington State Code Reviser's Office