Below is information about rulemaking the Commission has undertaken to help implement state laws regarding campaign finance and lobbying reporting, financial affairs disclosure and other provisions of RCW 42.17A. Comments regarding rules "in progress" can be sent to email@example.com
2020 Rule Making
Make changes required by SSB 6152
CR-101 filed April 28, 2020 | CR-103E filed June 8, 2020 | CR-103E filed September 30, 2020 | CR-102 filed Oct. 7, 2020 More information here.
Updating F-1 filing requirements and clarifying process for reporting modification requests
CR-101 filed Oct. 1, 2020 | CR-102 filed Nov. 24, 2020 More information here.
Past Rule Making
Make changes required by ESHB 1195
CR-101 filed May 22, 2019 | CR-103E filed May 30, 2019 | CR-102 filed Aug. 1. 2019 | CR-103E filed Sept. 27, 2019 |CR-102 filed Oct. 18, 2019 | CR-103P filed Dec. 20, 2019
Make changes required by ESHB 1379
CR-101 filed June 4, 2019 | CR-102 filed Aug. 1. 2019 | CR-103P filed Dec. 20, 2019
Make changes required by SSB 5991
CR-101 filed April 30, 2018 | CR-103E filed Dec. 12, 2018 (More info here.) | CR-102 filed Dec. 28, 2018 | CR-103E filed April 29, 2019 | CR-103P filed April 3, 2019
Make changes required by ESHB 2938
CR-101 filed April 30, 2018 (More info here.) | CR-103E filed June 6, 2018 |CR-102 filed July 25, 2018 | CR-103E filed Sept. 27, 2018 | CR-103P filed Nov. 30, 2018
Adding the Treasurers Report (T-1) to the penalty schedule found under WAC 390-37-143
Technical change - Recodification of two incorrect WAC citations
CR - 105 filed Nov. 6, 2017 | CR-103P filed April 2, 2018
Provide more clarity for public inspection of campaign books
CR-101 filed Dec. 27, 2017
Forms - Removal of images of filer forms from various sections of Title 390 WAC
Public records - Implementation of new Public Records Act fee schedule
CR - 103E filed Aug. 30, 2017 | CR-103E filed Dec. 15, 2017 | CR-102 filed Nov. 7, 2017 |Public Hearing Dec 27, 2017 | CR-103P filed Feb. 6, 2018
Contribution Limits - 2016 Inflationary Adjustments
CR-103 filed January 29, 2016 | CR-102 filed December 1, 2015 | CR-101 filed September 18, 2015
Contribution Limits - Aggregating Contributions Made To Multiple Committees Established, Maintained Or Controlled By A Candidate Submit To Limits
CR-103 filed May 3, 2016 | CR-102 filed February 29, 2016 | CR-101 filed October 22, 2014
Executive Director - Duties
CR-103 filed February 4, 2016 | CR-102 filed November 7, 2015 | CR-101 filed January 25, 2013
Session Freeze - Officials Participating In Fund Raising Benefitting A Candidate Not Subject To The Freeze Or A Political Party
CR-103 filed January 29, 2016 | CR-102 filed November 7, 2015 | CR-101 filed August 19, 2015
Eliminating Signature Card Requirements For Efilers & Updating PDC Forms With Website Address (expedited)
CR-103 filed January 25, 2016 | CR-105 filed November 7, 2015
Enforcement - Alternative Resolutions For Complaints & Amending Penalty Schedules
CR-103 filed December 4, 2015 | Supplemental CR-102 filed October 21, 2015 & Initial CR-102 filed August 19, 2015 | CR-101 filed April 20 19, 2015
Removing Candidates' Implied Incumbency Restrictions From Political Advertising Rules
CR-105 filed August 19, 2016 | CR-103 filed October 28, 2016
Repealing Procedures For County Elections Administrators Who Received Copies Of Campaign Finance Reports
CR-105 filed August 19, 2016 | CR-103 filed October 28, 2016
Clarifying Terms "Day" and "Business Day" in Title 390 WAC
CR-105 filed October 31, 2016 | CR-103 filed January 6, 2017
Surplus Funds Accounts - Disclosure - Reporting Deadlines
CR-101 filed August 8, 2016 | December 8, 2016 Hearing - CR-102 filed October 11, 2016 | CR-103 Filed December 8, 2016
Candidates' Joint Campaign Expenses - Transferring Campaign Contributions From One Candidate To Another
CR-101 filed August 8, 2016 | December 8, 2016 Hearing - CR-102 filed October 11, 2016 |CR-103 Filed December 8, 2016
Operations And Procedures - Received Date For Mailed Reports
CR-101 filed August 8, 2016 | December 8 Hearing - CR-102 filed October 28, 2016 |CR-103 Filed December 8, 2016
CR-101 filed August 8, 2016 | December 8, 2016 Hearing - CR-102 filed October 31, 2016 | CR-103 Filed December 8, 2016 |
How to Participate in the Rule Making Process
Standard Rule Making
Rule making is a very public process that happens in three stages. The Commission's rule making occurs during regular meetings and the public has an opportunity to participate in each of the three stages. The staff also takes comments during the entire process and shares them with the Commission. The three stages are announced through Code Reviser filings that are published in the State Register:
The Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR 101) announces that the Commission is going to begin the rule making process and describes the topic the rule will address. The CR 101 also says when the Commission will likely consider draft language.
Once the Commission approves draft language, the proposal is scheduled for public hearing by filing the CR 102 Proposed Rule Making form. The CR 102 provides notice of the hearing date and location, how comments can be submitted, and a copy of the proposed rule.
The rule is adopted following a public hearing. The newly adopted rule is filed with the Rule-Making Order (CR 103) and takes effect 31 days later.
Expedited Rule Making
Expected rule making is limited to "housekeeping" revisions that do not result in substantive interpretive changes. It starts with the Commission filing a proposal and a CR-105 Expedited Rule Making form. A 45-day comment period replaces the hearing process. If no objections are received at the end of the 45 days, the Commission files the final rule with the CR 103. When objections are received, the Commission must schedule a hearing for the rule making to continue.
Emergency Rule Making
When the Commission feels a rule is necessary before the standard process allows, it can adopt an emergency rule that remains in place up to 120 days. Neither notice nor a hearing is required. The Commission simply approves the language for the rule and it takes effect upon filing a CR 103E Emergency Rule Adoption form.
Twice a year, the Commission must publish its rule-making plans in the State Register. These reports are due at the end of January and July and include planned and current rule making.
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