WSR 12-05-097

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

SECRETARY OF STATE


[ Filed February 21, 2012, 8:20 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Removing references to filing of corporate documents by fax.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 23B.01.200, 24.03.007, 25.10.171, 25.15.007.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Documents received by fax are of poor quality, difficult to read, and must often be rejected due to illegibility, causing a delay in filing. Given that many more options exist today, such as e-mail, on-line submission, and overnight mail, the fax machine will be phased out of use.

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Patrick Reed, Corporations Division, P.O. Box 40234, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 725-0352; or Pamela Floyd, Corporations Division, P.O. Box 40234, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 72-0310 [725-0310].

February 21, 2012

Steve Excell

Assistant Secretary of State

Washington State Code Reviser's Office