STAKEHOLDER COMMENT REQUESTED
SUBJECT: Commission Considering Converting Interpreations to Rules
Comment will be accepted through December 31, 2015.
Last year, the Public Disclosure Commission began converting its long-standing interpretations to administrative rules. Interpretations are advisory only and the Administrative Procedures Act encourages agencies to convert long-standing interpretations to rules. The Commission believes converting its interpretive statements to rules better serves the public and regulated community by consolidating into one location the Commission's opinions and approaches for enforcing RCW 42.17A.
Six of the interpretations yet to be converted offer guidance on the meaning of RCW 42.17A.555 and relevant rules and case law involving local government and election campaign activity. Much stakeholder work went into drafting these interpretations and the Commission seeks stakeholder input again as it contemplates converting these interpretations to rules. The six interpretations are:
||Guidelines for Local Government Agencies in Election Campaigns|
||Guidelines for School Districts in Election Campaigns|
||Use of Robes and Courtrooms in Campaign Literature by District and Municipal Court Judges|
||Definition of Open Press Conference for Purposes of [RCW 42.17A.555]|
||Wearing Political Pins, Buttons, Etc. and [RCW 42.17A.555]|
||Library Displays of Campaign Materials and [RCW 42.17A,555}
Through the end of December 2015, Commission staff will be accepting comment regarding the potential conversion of these interpretations to rule. In addition to general comment about the guidance contained in these interpretations, please tell us if you encountered a situation covered by RCW 42.17A.555 that you believed needed further clarification or guidance that was not found in the Commission's rules or interpretations. For these situations, please include an explanation detailing what was unclear to you after applying RCW 42.17A.555 and relevant rules. Comments may be emailed to Lori Anderson.
Based on the comments received through the end of December, we will determine if any additional stakeholder work is necessary in order for the Commission to consider converting these interpretations.