WSR 17-22-112
[Filed October 31, 2017, 11:14 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 296-14 WAC, Industrial insurance.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 51.04.020, 51.44.070(1), 51.44.080.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The pension discount rate is the interest rate used to account for the time value of money when evaluating the present value of future pension payments. Currently, WAC 296-14-8810 sets the pension discount rate at 6.2 percent. The department worked with the workers' compensation advisory committee (WCAC) developing a plan for reducing the pension discount rate annually, through 2022, until it reaches 4.5 percent. The purpose of this rule making is to consider whether to reduce the current pension discount rate for 2018 in furtherance of that long-term goal.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Parties interested in these rules may contact the individual listed below. The public may also participate by commenting after amendments are proposed by providing written comments and/or testimony during the public hearing and comment process. Public hearings will be held after the proposal is filed.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Suzy Campbell, Claims Specialty Services, P.O. Box 44250, Olympia, WA 98504-4250, phone 360-902-5003, fax 360-902-4960, TTY 360-902-4252, email
October 31, 2017
Joel Sacks