WSR 14-09-072
[Filed April 18, 2014, 7:35 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 14-05-045.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 60-12-030 Rules for implementation of promotional hosting by the Washington beef commission.
Hearing Location(s): Natural Resource[s] Building, 1111 Washington Street S.E., 2nd Floor, Conference Room 271, Olympia, WA 98504, on June 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: June 23, 2014.
Submit Written Comments to: Kelly Frost, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, e-mail, fax (360) 902-2092, by 5:00 p.m., June 13, 2014.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact WSDA receptionist by May 28, 2014, TTY 1-800-833-6388 or (360) 902-1976.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed rules identify those authorized to make expenditures for the Washington beef commission with respect to promotional hosting and the objectives for those expenditures.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The Washington beef commission is proposing rules on promotional hosting in accordance with RCW 15.04.200.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 15.04.200, chapters 16.67, 34.05 RCW.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 15.04.200.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Washington apple commission, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Patti Brumbach, 14240 Interurban Avenue South, #224, Seattle, WA 98168, (206) 444-2902.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The rules relate to the internal operations of the commission and are in accordance with RCW 15.04.200.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The Washington beef commission is not a listed agency under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(a)(i).
April 18, 2014
Patti Brumback
Executive Director
WAC 60-12-030 Rules for implementation of promotional hosting by the Washington beef commission.
RCW 15.04.200 provides that agricultural commodity commissions shall adopt rules governing promotional hosting expenditures by agricultural commodity commission employees, agents, or commissioners. The rules governing promotional hosting expenditures for the Washington beef commission shall be as follows:
(1) "Promotional hosting" means the hosting of individuals or groups of individuals at meetings, meals, events, or other gatherings for the purpose of agricultural development, trade promotion, cultivating trade relations, and in the aid of the marketing, advertising, promotion, or sales of beef and beef products. Such hosting may include providing meals, refreshments, lodging, transportation, gifts of a nominal value, reasonable and customary entertainment, and normal incidental expenses.
(2) Expenditures for promotional hosting shall be pursuant to specific budget items in the commission's annual budget as approved by the commission and the director.
(3) The commission staff members are authorized to make expenditures for promotional hosting in accordance with the provisions of these rules.
(4) Commissioners shall obtain prior authorization of the commission before making any expenditure for promotional hosting.
(5) All payments and reimbursements for promotional hosting expenses shall be identified and supported by a hosting expense report with receipts attached when available. Hosting expense report forms will be supplied by the commission and shall require the following information:
(a) Name of each person hosted, and company or affiliation name if appropriate;
(b) General purpose of the hosting;
(c) Date and location of hosting;
(d) Name and signature of person seeking payment or reimbursement; and
(e) Amount of payment or reimbursement.
(6) The executive director of the commission or chairman of the board are authorized to approve direct payment or reimbursements submitted in accordance with these rules, provided that they are not authorized to approve their own reimbursements.
(7) The following persons may be hosted by Washington beef commission staff or board members when it is reasonably believed such hosting will promote agricultural development, promote trade, cultivate trade relations, or aid in the marketing, advertising, or sale of beef or beef products, provided that such hosting shall not violate federal or state conflict of interest laws:
(a) Individuals from private businesses, associations, commissions;
(b) Foreign government officials;
(c) Federal, state, and local officials: Lodging, meals, and transportation will be provided when such officials may not obtain reimbursement for these expenses from their government employer;
(d) Individuals who directly influence consumer perception and demand for beef and beef products, including media and health care professionals;
(e) Spouses of the persons listed in (d) of this subsection when it is customary and expected; and
(f) The general public, at meetings and gatherings open to the general public.