WSR 11-16-018

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed July 25, 2011, 11:13 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-29 WAC, Animal disease traceability.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: During the 2011 legislative session, the Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA) was given authority to assess a fee of no more than forty cents per head on cattle sold or slaughtered in the state or transported out of state. The generated revenue will be invested to administer animal disease traceability activities for cattle in Washington. WSDA is considering developing a new WAC within TITLE 16 WAC that would describe the department's process in assessing and collecting the proposed fee.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: WSDA staff will develop the rules proposal with the help of industry input. Interested parties will be given the opportunity to participate during the public hearing and public comment process.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jodi Jones, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-1889, fax (360) 902-2087, e-mail jjones@agr.wa.gov.

July 25, 2011

Leonard E. Eldridge, DVM

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office