WSR 18-13-020
[Docket A-180513—Filed June 8, 2018, 9:47 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The utilities and transportation commission (commission) commences this inquiry to amend chapter 480-04 WAC to conform with changes to the Public Records Act and current process.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, and 81.04.160.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The legislature made significant changes to the Public Records Act in the 2017 session including, but not limited to, the costs and fees state agencies can recover for responding to requests for public records. In addition, the attorney general's office has revised its model rules for public records. The commission's rules were last revised in 2006 and do not reflect these and other changes to the law or the commission's current processes for responding to public records.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mark L. Johnson, 1300 South Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98504, phone 360-664-1160, email, web site
Additional comments: WRITTEN COMMENTS: Written comments must be filed with the commission no later than 5 p.m., July 10, 2018. Comments must be provided in electronic format. You may submit comments via the commission's web portal at or by electronic mail to the commission's records center at Please include:
The docket number of this proceeding (A-180513).
The commenting party's name.
The title and date of the comment or comments.
An alternative method for submitting comments is mailing or delivering an electronic copy to the commission's records center on a thumb drive, CD, or DVD in .pdf format (created using Adobe Acrobat or comparable software) or in Microsoft Word. Include all of the information requested above. The commission will post all comments on its web site. The web site is located at Opportunity for further comment is anticipated. Information about the schedule and other aspects of the rule making, including comments, will be posted on the commission's web site as it becomes available. If you wish to receive further information on this rule making you may (1) call the commission's records center at 360-664-1234, or (2) email the commission at When contacting the commission, please refer to Docket A-180513 to ensure that you are placed on the appropriate service list. Questions may be addressed to Gregory Kopta, 360-664-1355 or email
TO CONTINUE RECEIVING NOTICES AND INFORMATION ABOUT THIS RULE MAKING - The commission wants to ensure its mailings are sent to persons who are interested in the topic and want to receive that information. ANY PERSON WHO COMMENTS will continue to receive notices and information. If you do not submit comments but wish to remain on the mailing list for this rule making please advise the records center by sending an email with your name, address, telephone, referencing Docket A-180513, and the words "Please keep me on the mailing list" to Please note that all information in the mailings will be accessible through the commission's internet web site THOSE INTERESTED PERSONS WHO DO NOT RESPOND MAY NOT RECEIVE FURTHER MAILINGS OR INFORMATION ON THE RULE MAKING.
June 8, 2018
Mark L. Johnson
Executive Director
and Secretary