WSR 23-23-163
[Filed November 21, 2023, 1:44 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Proposal is exempt under RCW 34.05.310(4) or 34.05.330(1).
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 110-03-0585 Index of significant decisions; this rule making is only to update the mailing and physical address of the department of children, youth, and families (DCYF) board of appeals.
Hearing Location(s): On December 26, 2023, telephonic. Make oral comments by calling 360-972-5385 and leaving a voicemail that includes the comment and an email address or physical mailing address where DCYF will send its response. Comments received through and including December 26, 2023, will be considered.
Date of Intended Adoption: December 27, 2023.
Submit Written Comments to: DCYF rules coordinator, email,, by December 26, 2023.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact DCYF rules coordinator, phone 360-902-7956, email,, by December 19, 2023.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of this rule making is to update the mailing and physical address of the DCYF board of appeals.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See purpose.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 34.05.220, 43.216.020, and 43.216.065.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 34.05.220, 43.216.020, and 43.216.065.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: DCYF, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Laura Farris, Olympia, 360-485-7621; Implementation and Enforcement: DCYF, statewide.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. DCYF is not among the agencies listed as required to comply with RCW 34.05.328 (5)[(a)](i). Further, DCYF does not voluntarily make that section applicable to the adoption of this rule.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(3) as the rules adopt, amend, or repeal a procedure, practice, or requirement relating to agency hearings; or a filing or related process requirement for applying to an agency for a license or permit.
Scope of exemption for rule proposal:
Is fully exempt.
November 21, 2023
Brenda Villareal
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 20-02-031, filed 12/19/19, effective 1/19/20)
WAC 110-03-0585Index of significant decisions.
(1) The department's index of significant decisions, prepared under RCW 42.56.070(5), contains BOA orders that include an analysis or decision of substantial importance to the department in carrying out its duties.
(2) A final order may be relied upon, used or cited as precedent by a party if the final order has been indexed in the department's index of significant decisions.
(3) The department selects the orders to be included in its "index of significant decisions" based on recommendations from staff and the public. Generally, a decision or order is considered "significant" only if it provides a legal analysis or interpretation not found in existing case law, or applies settled law to unusual facts. The index of significant decisions will include orders meeting the criteria in subsections (1) and (3) of this section, issued by the department.
(4) The index will, at a minimum, contain the case or document number; type of document; name of parties, if applicable, unless such names are exempt from public disclosure; brief description of subject and program; and pertinent legal citation.
(5) Any person may nominate a BOA order to be evaluated for indexing by submitting the request, reason why the person believes an order should be indexed, and a copy of the nominated order to the Board of Appeals, P.O. Box ((40983))40982, Olympia, WA 98504. The department will make a final decision as to whether to index the nominated order, and that decision is not appealable.
(6) The department will periodically update and review the index to verify that the indexed documents continue to meet the criteria in subsections (1) and (3) of this section. The department may, at any time, delete a document from an index. Under RCW 42.56.070(6), a public record may not be cited in a proceeding if it has not been indexed.
(7) The index is a public record and is available for public inspection at The index of significant decisions is located at the Board of Appeals, ((1115 Washington))1310 Jefferson St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98501.