The process used by the legislature to create and adopt a rule. The rule-making process involves three phases:
1. Pre-proposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101)
The public is invited to participate with the agency to discuss a subject of possible rule making before any formal notice or action is taken.
2. Proposed Rule-Making (CR-102)
When the rule is proposed, the agency notifies the public that a new rule is being considered, that significant changes were made to a rule that has already been filed, or that the agency must delay a rule proceeding that has already started.
3. Rule-Making Order (Adoption) (CR 103)
After the rule is approved, the rule is filed with the Office of the Code Reviser to be put into effect.
The rule making process is designed to:
- State our interpretation of the law.
- Write understandable rules.
- Ensure that the public is notified of our intent to propose rules on a subject.
- Encourage public participation in the rule-making process.
- Adopt rules that are technically accurate.
- Adopt rules that are not excessive, unreasonable, or unnecessary.
State law, Chapter 34.05 RCW, sets out the basic process state agencies, including the commission, must follow to adopt, amend or repeal rules. The following is a brief description of the general processes the commission uses to follow statutory requirements.
The permanent rule-making process:
A Pre-proposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101 form) is filed with the Code Reviser’s Office.
A Proposed Rule-making (CR-102 form) and the proposed rule language are filed with the Code Reviser’s Office. Notice of the public hearing date and comment period are provided on the CR-102 form.
A Rule-making Order of Adoption (CR-103 form) and the final rule language are filed with the Code Reviser’s Office.
Once the rule is adopted, amended or repealed, the commission will enter and file the order and the adopted rules with the Code Reviser for publication in the State Register.