WSR 11-16-021

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed July 25, 2011, 11:15 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-610 WAC, Livestock brand inspection.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 16.57 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 directed to adopt, by rule, designations of when inspection certificates, certificates of permit, or other transportation documents for cattle and horses require a physical address for the destination. WSDA is proposing to amend chapter 16-610 WAC to align with the recently enacted legislation, include the violation and assessed penalty to current penalty schedule, and outline exemptions.

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