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August 5, 1997

Contractor rule revisions to follow 'clear rule writing' format

TUMWATER - State rules for construction contractors will be rewritten so they are easier to understand under a proposal filed today by the state Department of Labor & Industries.

Public hearings are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the L&I Building in Tumwater and Sept. 11 at Cavanaugh's in Yakima.

The administrative rules, which are based on law, will be retooled in the "clear rule writing" format adopted by the department in 1996. The format is an initiative to increase understanding of rules by keeping syntax clear, simple and straightforward.

With this format, chapter headings become simple questions rather than statements, sections may be combined or shortened and unnecessary words are eliminated. For instance, a section of the proposed rule changes entitled "Right to contested hearing - Place to file," becomes: "How does a contractor appeal a notice of infraction?"

The proposal also updates the rules to reflect a new law passed by the Legislature that raises the minimum penalty for unregistered contractors from $200 to $1,000. The law took effect July 27.

If passed, the rules are scheduled to take effect Jan. 5. For more information, or a copy of the proposed rule changes, contact Kevin Morris at 360-902-5578, or write PO Box 44470, Olympia WA 98504-4470.

The L&I Building in Tumwater is at 7273 Linderson Way. Cavanaugh's At Yakima Center is at 607 E. Yakima Ave.

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