WAC 162-26-020     Purpose of chapter.

     (1) Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to specify how the interpreted statute applies to specific circumstances and to established principles of interpretation that will guide in other circumstances.

     (2) Sources of policy. The commission is guided by the policy of the legislature expressed in the statute being interpreted and in related statutes, particularly RCW 49.60.010, 49.60.030, and chapter 70.04 RCW, the "white cane law." The commission is also guided by the specialized knowledge and experience of its staff, particularly its disability specialists, and by the commissioners' own knowledge of the nature of disability discrimination and the practical needs of the disabled. This includes the information gathered at hearings held in Spokane, Yakima, Lacey, and Seattle prior to the preparation of the first draft of these rules, and the written and oral comments received after circulation of proposed rules.      (3) Legislative policy. The principal expressions of legislative policy outside of the language being interpreted are the following:

     RCW 70.84.010: "The legislature declares:

     "(1) It is the policy of this state to encourage and enable the blind, the visually handicapped, the hearing impaired, and the otherwise physically disabled to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state, and to engage in remunerative employment.

     "(2) As citizens, the blind, the visually handicapped, the hearing impaired, and the otherwise physically disabled have the same rights as the able-bodied to the full and free use of the streets, highways, walkways, public buildings, public facilities, and other public places.

     "(3) The blind, the visually handicapped, the hearing impaired, and the otherwise physically disabled are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges on common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, street cars, boats, and all other public conveyances, as well as in hotels, lodging places, places of public resort, accommodation, assemblage or amusement, and all other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons."

     RCW 28A.13.005: "It is the purpose of this chapter (certain education statutes) to ensure that all handicapped children . . . shall have the opportunity for an appropriate education at public expense as guaranteed to them by the constitution of this state."

[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.60.120(3) and 1997 c 271. 98-08-035, 162-26-020, filed 3/23/98, effective 4/23/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.60.120(3). 82-19-086 (Order 41), 162-26-020, filed 9/22/82.]