PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-54 WAC, Animal importation.
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, Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA) was directed to adopt, by rule, designation of when a certificate of veterinary inspection, permit, and other transportation documents require a physical address for the destination when importing animals into Washington state. The legislation established a violation for transporting or delivering said animals to any other physical address not identified on the certificate of veterinary inspection, permit, or other transportation document. Rule making will be necessary to align the rule with the adopted legislation and to define processes to administer these changes.
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 email@example.com.
July 25, 2011
Leonard E. Eldridge, DVM