WSR 12-05-087

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed February 17, 2012, 12:59 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-310-0200, and other related rules to reengage suspended WorkFirst (WF) participants in required WF activities.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, chapter 74.08 and 74.12 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department suspended parent and/or other relatives personally providing care for one child under the age of two, or two or more children under the age of six, from WorkFirst participation from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012, as mandated by ESSB 5921, Laws of 2011. This rule may be necessary to reengage suspended participants in WorkFirst activities effective July 1, 2012, as required by state law.

Process for Developing New Rule: DSHS welcomes the public to take part in developing the rules. Anyone interested should contact the staff person identified below. At a later date, DSHS will file a proposal with the office of the code reviser with a notice of proposed rule making. A copy of the proposal will be sent to everyone [on] the mailing list and to anyone who requests a copy.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Leslie Kozak, Program Manager, Economic Services Administration, Community Services Division, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4589, fax (360) 725-4905, e-mail kozakla@dshs.wa.gov.

February 16, 2012

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office