WSR 17-16-173
[Filed August 2, 2017, 11:36 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Charges for providing public records.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.56.070.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: HB [EHB] 1595 makes changes to the Public Records Act related to charges for providing records.
The Public Records Act allows agencies to choose to charge an agency's actual costs for providing records, use the statutory default service charge schedule, or waive charges altogether.
These choices are still available to agencies, however, under HB [EHB] 1595, agencies must now write rules in order to charge using the statutory default service charge schedule or to waive charges altogether.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: The department of enterprise services staff will hold a series of workshops in order to develop a proposed rule with anyone interested. An opportunity will also be provided for anyone to submit written comments on the proposed rules during the public comment period and present oral testimony at the public hearings. The public is encouraged to participate, as described below.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jack Zeigler, policy and rules manager, phone (360) 407-9209, email Anyone interested can participate in the development of the proposed rule before publication. Information about the rule making will be posted on the agency rule-making web site In addition, you can identify yourself as an interested party by sending an email to with your contact information and typing "Interested party – self-insurance rulemaking" in the subject line.
August 2, 2017
Jack Zeigler
Policy and Rules Manager