Governor Gregoire's recent executive order to suspend rulemaking by state agencies.

01 Dec 2010 9:00 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

We are told that this will not affect the formation of The Washington State Certified Counselors and Hypnotherapy Advisory Committee.

(Rule Moratorium Released December 1, 2010, by WA State Dept. of Health)

November 24, 2010

The Department of Health would like to share some information with you about Governor Gregoire's recent executive order to suspend rulemaking by state agencies.  On Wednesday the Governor directed agencies under her jurisdiction to suspend non-critical rule development and adoption activities until the end of 2011. She's hoping to help promote economic recovery by creating a predictable regulatory and policy environment that will preserve small business and local government resources.

Under the order, agency directors can allow exemptions from the suspension so some specific rules may move ahead. If a rule is not exempt, all activity, including workgroups and stakeholder meetings, must stop. The department will be reviewing all rule development projects underway to determine if any are exempt from the suspension.

You can read the complete executive order and the OFM guidelines and exemptions online.

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