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Provides instructions on how to update a regulation in the Washington Administrative Code to determine if it's been amended, repealed, or superseded.

Steps to Updating Washington Administrative Code Regulations in Print

This research guide provides instructions on how to update a Washington administrative regulation in print. Updating a regulation in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) is necessary to determine if it has been amended, repealed, or superseded. As an example, we will update WAC 118-66-040.

 

Examine the regulation in the most current edition of the WAC. Note the date on the title page of the volume. The 2009 WAC contains all the permanent rules adopted as of January 1, 2009.

 

 

The above example, WAC 118-66-040, deals with counties eligible for funding the 9-1-1 communication systems. At the end of every regulation, there is a statutory note which provides the source, effective date, and filing date each time the regulation has been supplemented or revised.

Consult the most recent annual supplement to see if the regulation has been affected since the publication of the most recent edition of the WAC. The 2010 Supplement to the WAC updates the 2009 edition of the WAC. It reflects changes made from January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2009.

The 2010 Supplement does not contain anything for WAC 118-66-040, which means that it was not changed from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.

The Washington State Register is the official administrative register for the state of Washington. It is published every two weeks. It contains proposed, emergency, and permanently adopted administrative rules.

Consult the Washington State Register that covers changes made from January 1, 2010 through January 5, 2011. This Washington State Register is Issue 11-02 from January 19, 2011.

Each Washington State Register includes a cumulative table of WAC sections affected in the current year. The table in Issue 11-02 includes changes filed through January 5, 2011 and affecting the WAC as of December 31, 2010. This table indicates that two things happened to WAC 118-66-040:

  • The PREP for 118-66 indicates that there was proposal comments made about WAC 118-66 and those can be found in Washington State Register Issue 10-15-007.

  • AMD-P indicates that there was a subsequent proposed amendment to this WAC section. The subsequent proposed amendment can be found in Washington State Register Issue 10-22 at 10-22-107.

 

This is a proposed rule from Washington State Register Issue 10-22 found in 10-22-107 amending WAC 118-66-040.

Note the added and removed language in the proposed rule for WAC 118-66-040.

That covers any changes to WAC 118-66-040 from January 1, 2010 to January 5, 2011.

 

Make sure you have consulted the most recent Washington State Register for changes filed since the first of the current year. This Washington State Register is Issue 11-06 from March 16, 2011. The cumulative table in Issue 11-06 includes changes made through the current calendar year (March 2, 2011).

 

In the most recent issue of the Washington State Registerconsult the cumulative table to see if the regulation has been affected. The cumulative table in Issue 11-06 indicates there were changes to WAC 118-66-040 in 2011 and those changes can be found in Washington State Register Issue 11-03 at 11-03-004. The AMD means that the amendments to WAC 118-66-040 were permanent.

 

Washington State Register Issue 11-03 contains the permanent amendments to WAC 118-66-040 at 11-03-044 in the permanent section.

 

This is the permanent rule from Washington State Register Issue 11-03 at 11-03-004 permanently amending WAC 118-66-040.

 

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