WSR 12-11-091

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed May 18, 2012, 1:22 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is proposing to amend WAC 388-478-0005 Cash assistance need and payment standards and grant maximum and any other related rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08A.100, 74.04.770, and 74.08.090.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department will propose amendments and additions to WAC 388-478-0005, and any other related rules, in order to change the cash assistance grant maximum for temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), state family assistance (SFA) and refugee cash assistance (RCA) to implement budget requirements.

This change is necessary to comply with the 2011-13 revised omnibus operating budget as mandated under 3ESHB 2127, Laws of 2012.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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 Aurea Figueroa-Rogers, Program Manager, Community Services Division, P.O. Box 45470, Olympia, WA 98504-5470, phone (360) 725-4623, fax (360) 725-4905, e-mail Aurea.Figueroa-Rogers@dshs.wa.gov.

May 17, 2012

Katherine I. Vasquez

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office