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WAC 10-08-001

Declaration of purpose.

(1) Chapter 10-08 WAC contains the model rules of procedure which RCW 34.05.250 requires the chief administrative law judge to adopt for use by as many agencies as possible. The model rules deal with general functions and duties performed in common by the various agencies. The model rules supplement Administrative Procedure Act provisions which contain grants of rulemaking authority to agencies. It is not the purpose of the model rules to duplicate all procedural provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act. This chapter sets forth general rules applicable to proceedings before many state agencies. It should be read in conjunction with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (chapter 34.05 RCW) and with any administrative rules governing adjudicative proceedings which have been adopted by the particular agency.
(2) Except to the extent an agency is excluded from chapter 34.05 RCW or parts of chapter 34.05 RCW, each agency must adopt as much of the model rules as is reasonable under its circumstances. Any agency adopting a rule of procedure that differs from these model rules must include in the order of adoption a finding stating the reasons for variance.
(3) Adoption of these 1999 amendments to the model rules does not invalidate any variances in rules adopted by agencies between the effective date of the 1988 amendments to the Administrative Procedure Act and the effective date of these 1999 amendments to the model rules.
(4) In the absence of other rules to the contrary, these model rules shall govern any adjudicative proceedings under the Administrative Procedure Act.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 34.05.020, 34.05.250, 34.12.030 and 34.12.080. WSR 99-20-115, § 10-08-001, filed 10/6/99, effective 11/6/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 34.05.250. WSR 89-13-036 (Order 6), § 10-08-001, filed 6/15/89.]
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