WSR 12-06-068

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

LABOR AND INDUSTRIES

[ Filed March 6, 2012, 9:22 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-17A WAC, Classifications for Washington workers' compensation insurance.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.16.035 and 51.16.100.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: A classification study was conducted on land surveying businesses. It was determined that land surveyors report approximately ten percent of the total hours for risk classification 4901; however, they report approximately forty-two percent of the claims. This rule filing is necessary to better align land surveying businesses with like degrees of hazard.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other state, local, or federal agency regulates this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; parties interested in these rules may contact the individual listed below. The public may also participate by commenting after amendments are proposed by providing written comments and/or testimony during the public hearing and comment process. Public hearings will be held after the proposal is filed.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Comments can be submitted to Karen Chamberlain, P.O. Box 44148, Olympia, WA 98504-4148, e-mail karen.chamberlain@lni.wa.gov, phone (360) 902-4772, fax (360) 902-4988.

March 6, 2012

Judy Schurke

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office