SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
(Division of Child Support)
Effective Date of Rule: January 28, 2010.
Purpose: This second set of emergency rules is identical to the emergency rules filed as WSR 09-20-030.
In the 2009 legislative session, the legislature adopted ESHB 1794 (chapter 84, Laws of 2009), which makes changes to chapter 26.19 RCW, the Washington state child support schedule, based on recommendations of the 2007 child support schedule workgroup which was convened under 2SHB 1009 (chapter 313, Laws of 2007) and SHB 1845 (chapter 476, Laws of 2009), regarding medical support obligations in child support orders. Both of these bills had an effective date of October 1, 2009.
The division of child support (DCS) filed emergency rules under WSR 09-20-030 in order to implement this legislation by October 1, 2009. In addition, DCS began the rule-making process by filing a CR-101, Preproposal notice of inquiry, for each of the bills: The CR-101 for ESHB 1794 was filed as WSR 09-10-046, and the CR-101 for SHB 1845 was filed as WSR 09-14-075. DCS determined that, in order to make all the required changes under both ESHB 1794 and SHB 1845, it would be necessary to adopt one set of rules which covered both bills.
Working with stakeholders and other partners, we discovered several places where the emergency rules needed improvement. Unfortunately, we are still in the process of redrafting and revising, so we are adopting this second emergency rule filing to preserve the status quo. DCS anticipates that when we file the CR-102, Notice of proposed rule making, the proposed rules will differ from the emergency rules in several respects. DCS continues the regular rule-making process and will adopt final rules as soon as possible.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-14A-1020 What definitions apply to the rules
regarding child support enforcement?, 388-14A-2035 Do I assign
my rights to support when I receive public assistance?,
388-14A-2036 What does assigning my rights to support mean?,
388-14A-3140 What can happen at a hearing on a support
establishment notice?, 388-14A-3205 How does DCS calculate my
income?, 388-14A-3310 The division of child support serves a
notice of support owed to establish a fixed dollar amount
under an existing child support order, 388-14A-3312 The
division of child support serves a notice of support owed for
unreimbursed)) medical (( expenses)) support to establish a
fixed dollar amount owed under a child support order,
388-14A-3315 When DCS serves a notice of support debt (( or)),
notice of support owed (( or)), notice of support owed for
(( unreimbursed)) medical (( expenses)) support, we notify the
other party to the child support order, 388-14A-3317 What is
an annual review of a support order under RCW 26.23.110?,
388-14A-3318 What is an annual review of a notice of support
owed under WAC 388-14A-3312?, 388-14A-3320 What happens at a
hearing on a notice of support owed?, 388-14A-3400 Are there
limitations on how much of my income is available for child
support?, 388-14A-4100 How does the division of child support
enforce my obligation to provide health insurance for my
children?, 388-14A-4110 If my support order requires me to
provide (( health insurance)) medical support for my children,
what do I have to do?, 388-14A-4112 When does the division of
child support enforce a custodial parent's obligation to
provide (( health insurance coverage)) medical support?,
388-14A-4115 Can my support order reduce my support obligation
if I pay for health insurance?, 388-14A-4120 DCS uses the
national medical support notice to enforce an obligation to
provide health insurance coverage, 388-14A-4165 What happens
when a noncustodial parent does not earn enough to pay child
support plus the health insurance premium?, 388-14A-4175 (( Is
an employer)) Who is required to notify the division of child
support when insurance coverage for the children ends?,
388-14A-4180 When must the division of child support
communicate with the DSHS health and recovery services
administration?, 388-14A-5002 How does DCS distribute support
collections in a nonassistance case?, 388-14A-5003 How does
DCS distribute support collections in an assistance case?,
388-14A-5004 How does DCS distribute support collections in a
former assistance case?, 388-14A-5005 How does DCS distribute
federal tax refund offset collections?, 388-14A-5006 How does
DCS distribute support collections when the paying parent has
more than one case?, 388-14A-5007 If the paying parent has
more than one case, can DCS apply support money to only one
specific case?, 388-14A-6300 Duty of the administrative law
judge in a hearing to determine the amount of a support
obligation and 388-14A-8130 How does DCS complete the WSCSS
worksheets when setting a joint child support obligation when
the parents of a child in foster care are married and residing
together?; and new section WAC 388-14A-4111 When may DCS
decline a request to enforce a medical support obligation?
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 26.09.105(17), 26.18.170(19), 26.23.050(8), 26.23.110(14), 34.05.020, 34.05.060, 34.05.220, 74.08.090, 74.20.040, and 74.20A.055(9) and (11).
Other Authority: Not applicable.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that state or federal law or federal rule or a federal deadline for state receipt of federal funds requires immediate adoption of a rule.
Reasons for this Finding: ESHB 1794 (chapter 84, Laws of 2009) and SHB 1845 (chapter 476, Laws of 2009) both had an effective date of October 1, 2009. Although DCS has begun the regular rule-making process to adopt rules under this bill, we are unable to complete the adoption process by the effective date. DCS continues the regular rule-making process and will adopt final rules as soon as possible.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 28, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 28, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: January 25, 2010.
Don Goldsby, Manager
Rules and Policies Assistance Unit
Reviser's note: The material contained in this filing exceeded the page-count limitations of WAC 1-21-040 for appearance in this issue of the Register. It will appear in the 10-06 issue of the Register.