WSR 16-17-031
[Filed August 8, 2016, 4:55 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Updating enforcement procedures, including:
Making hearing procedures consistent with the state's model administrative procedures,
Modernizing time period calculations for requests for reconsideration of decisions, and
Adopting penalty schedules.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.17A.110(1).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rule making will ensure that the commission's hearing procedures are consistent with the state's model administrative procedures and best practices are used for calculating reconsideration time periods by using calendar days instead of business days. The adoption of more penalty schedules will allow respondents in brief enforcement hearings to enter into statements of understanding and pay a scheduled penalty to avoid hearings.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study; and the commission expects to review and discuss potential amendments to enforcement rules during its regular fall 2016 meetings. Draft rule language will likely be reviewed during the October or December regular meetings with a hearing to be scheduled thereafter.
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, e-mail, fax (360) 753-1112, phone (360) 664-2737. Participate in commission meetings - exact time to be determined when agenda is published. Meeting agendas are available at at least one week before the meeting. Meeting location: 711 Capitol Way, Room 206, Olympia, WA. Contact Lori Anderson to accommodate alternatives to in-person meeting participation.
August 8, 2016
Lori Anderson
Communications and
Training Officer