The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) offers several formal and informal ways to provide input or comments on proposed rules.
Rules are codified under the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) accepts public input throughout the rule-making process. For example, before WDFW begins the process of changing sportfishing or hunting rules, the agency often holds public workshops, forms advisory committees, and seeks public input to help formulate its rule proposals. Then WDFW offers a formal public comment period for each rule-proposal project once it files its Notice of Proposed Rule Making, or CR-102, with the Office of the Code Reviser. WDFW posts CR-102s on its agency website within two days of filing, and the Office of the Code Reviser publishes CR-102s in the Washington State Register. CR-102s include information for submitting comments on proposed rules, and they provide the time, date and location of Commission meetings where the public can testify about proposed rule changes.
When a person comments on a rule during the formal public comment period or at a Commission meeting, the comments become part of the public record. The Commission takes these comments into consideration when deciding whether to adopt rules as proposed or to revise the rules if appropriate. Everyone who comments on a proposed rule will get a copy of the Department’s official response to the comments.
In addition to the process outlined above, the public can petition the Fish and Wildlife Commission to change a rule or reconsider a specific rule adoption. However, the Governor has directed agencies (via Executive Order 10-06) to suspend all non-essential rulemaking until January 1, 2012. In compliance with this rule-making moratorium, the Commission has limited its rule-making actions to only those rules that fit within certain exceptions the governor provided. If you would like to go forward with a formal petition, you can download the form at http://www.ofm.wa.gov/reports/petition.pdf.
See the Current Rule Making Activitity page for more information regarding rules that may be scheduled for a hearing in the future or rules that have be filed for permanent adoption. Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting schedules and agendas may be found on the Commission's website.
For more information on WDFW's rule-development process, please contact:
WDFW Rules Coordinator
600 Capitol Way N
Olympia, WA 98501-1091