2017 Rule Making

In Progress - Permanent Rule Making

Provide more clarity for public inspection of campaign books

CR-101 filed Dec. 27, 2017 

Adding the Treasurers Report (T-1) to the penalty schedule found under WAC 390-37-143.

CR-101 filled Dec. 15, 2017

Forms - Removal of images of filer forms from various sections of Title 390 WAC

Oct. 10, 2017 Hearing - CR-102 filed Sept. 2, 2017  |   CR-101 filed July 10, 2017 | Public Hearing Oct 10, 2017

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

In Progress - Expedited Rule Making

Technical change - Recodification of two incorrect WAC citations

CR - 105 filed Nov. 6, 2017

Past Rule Making


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

Enforcement Procedures

CR-101 filed August 8, 2016 | December 8, 2016 Hearing - CR-102 filed October 31, 2016 | CR-103 Filed December 8, 2016 | 


Possible Rule Making July - December 2017

The Commission expects to engage in rule making for the purpose of:

  1. Removing images of filer forms from various sections of WAC 390
  2. Recodification of two incorrect WAC citations
  3. Adding the provisions of RCW 42.17a.570 T-1 to the penalty schedule under WAC 390
  4. Address changes to the Public Records Act enacted in Chapter 304, Laws of 2017, sec. 3

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:

  1. The Preposal 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.

  2.  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.

  3. 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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