PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 390-12-170 Public disclosure commission -- Organization and structure -- Officers -- Terms and 390-24-160 Definition -- Professional staff member.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.17A.110, 42.17A.100, 42.17A.700, 42.17A.705.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The public disclosure commission annually receives from the house of representatives, senate, and governor's office a list of professional staff members who are subject to personal financial disclosure. The current deadline to receive and approve these lists is December, which is not always possible because the commission meets the first week of December and in transition years the professional staff are still being hired then. Moving the deadlines to the beginning of the year will allow the submissions to be more complete and still allow adequate processing time for the commission and its staff.
The members of the public disclosure commission have eliminated the administrative office of secretary and will update WAC 390-12-170 to reflect the current organizational structure.
Process for Developing New Rule: The commission will likely discuss potential rule amendments and possibly approve draft language during the February 28, 2013, meeting. Public comment will be welcome at this meeting. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to Lori Anderson, Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908, in advance of the meetings.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by submitting comments to Lori Anderson, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908, phone (360) 664-2737 or 1-877-601-2828, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (360) 753-1112.
January 14, 2013