WSR 13-22-053
[Filed November 1, 2013, 2:40 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 390-20 WAC, Forms for lobbying reports, elected officials and legislators.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.17A.110, 42.17A.125 (2) and (3), 42.17A.615, and 42.17A.630 - [42.17A].640.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The commission is considering rule making to adjust lobbying related disclosure dollar threshold and other matters pertaining to lobbyist disclosure, including but not limited to the definition of "entertainment" as it relates to disclosure of lobbying expenditures.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The public disclosure commission (PDC) has sole authority to enforce disclosure of lobbying related expenditures. There is a nexus, however, between the disclosure laws and gifts and food/beverages that may be accepted under the State Ethics Act at chapter 42.52 RCW, enforced by the commission on judicial conduct and executive and legislative ethics boards. Those bodies will be invited to participate in the commission's formal stakeholder outreach and they will be informed of any rule making.
Process for Developing New Rule: A stakeholder meeting is planned for 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at the PDC office. This commission will provide notice directly to stakeholders and advertise the meeting on its web site and Facebook page. Comments received at that meeting will likely guide whether and how the commission proceeds. The commission will consider stakeholder comments and discuss how to proceed when it meets Thursday, December 5, 2013.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested parties can:
1. Attend the November 20, 2013, stakeholder meeting at 711 Capitol Way, Room 206, Olympia, WA, at 1:00 p.m.
2. Submit comments, no later than Monday, December 2013, to Lori Anderson, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908, fax (360) 753-1112 or e-mail
3. Attend commission meetings where this topic is scheduled for discussion. Next meeting: December 5, 2013, at 711 Capitol Way, Room 206, Olympia, WA, meeting agendas are posted online at
November 1, 2013
Lori Anderson
Communications and
Training Officer