WSR 11-15-066

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed July 19, 2011, 8:58 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-400A WAC, Plumber certification rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 18.106 RCW and 2011 2ESHB 1087.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The plumber certification program's budget and projected revenue indicate a fee increase is necessary to help cover the cost of ongoing services of the program. The plumber certification program was given the authority by 2ESHB 1087, which passed the 2011 legislature, to increase fees to cover the program's expenditures.

The plumber certification program ensures that qualified workers will install plumbing systems in a safe and healthy manner. The program is responsible for setting the appropriate experience and educational levels, testing applicants, and certifying qualified plumbers. The program administers exams, reviews trainee hours, processes new certifications, and renews ongoing certifications. In addition, the program monitors compliance with the certification laws and rules by conducting on-site enforcement in the field.

These activities help protect the people of the state from damage to life or health and from economic loss caused by unsafe and unsanitary conditions in residential and commercial structures.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Parties interested in these rules may contact the individual listed below. The public may also participate by commenting after amendments are proposed by providing written comments and/or testimony during the public hearing and comment process. Public hearings will be held after the proposal is filed.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Sally Elliott, Department of Labor and Industries, Specialty Compliance Services Division, P.O. Box 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400, phone (360) 902-6411, fax (360) 902-5292, e-mail yous235@lni.wa.gov.

July 19, 2011

Judy Schurke

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office