March 18, 2019

pdc@pdc.wa.gov

PDC office

711 Capitol Way S. #206,

Olympia, WA 98504

The Public Disclosure Commission is seeking additional comment on proposed permanent rules to implement the Disclose Act, Substitute Senate Bill 5991, which took effect January 1, 2019, and requires certain nonprofit organizations engaged in electoral activities to register as "incidental committees" and report financial information. 

The commission initially solicited public comment earlier this year for any suggested changes to replace the current emergency rules adopted last fall, prior to implementation of the new law.   The commission received and considered those public comments at its February meeting, and drafted the current proposed permanent rules in response to those comments:

WAC 390-16-13 Incidental committees—Registration and reporting (Draft 3.18.19)

WAC 390-05-521 Definition—Payments received by incidental committees. (Draft 3.18.19)

The commission wants to hear from members of the regulated community and the public about the proposed permanent rules before the rules become permanent in late April. Submit written comments to pdc@pdc.wa.gov by March 22, for consideration at the commission meeting on March 28, at the PDC office, 711 Capitol Way S. #206, Olympia. 

Nonprofits wondering about how to register and report can consult the incidental committee instructions available on the PDC website. Those instructions are based on the emergency rules and could change as a result of the permanent rulemaking process.