FISH AND WILDLIFE
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 99-18-093.
Title of Rule: Point-of-sale vendor transaction fee.
Purpose: This will allow for the collection of a transaction fee on recreational license sales to be used to compensate a contractor for development and operation of an automated licensing system.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.32.050.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.32.050.
Summary: Establish a point-of-sale transaction fee at a maximum of 10% of license fees.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Provides better public service, meet recommendations from the state auditor's office, improve revenue collection, and provide new options for license purchasers.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Richard Stone, Natural Resources Building, 902-2463; Implementation: Bruce Crawford, Natural Resources Building, 902-2453; and Enforcement: Bruce Bjork, Natural Resources Building, 902-2373.
Name of Proponent: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, governmental.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The department is in the process of contracting for the development of an automated point-of-sale recreational licensing system, that will reduce the time needed for a license transaction, reduce the time and paperwork burden on license dealers, improve the timeliness of revenue collection, and improve the accuracy of licensing information. It will also provide for sales using the Internet and Interactive voice response, which will provide additional opportunities for the public. Under recent legislation the funding to compensate the point-of-sale vendor is to come from a transaction fee to be paid at the point-of-sale. This will create the transaction fee at a level up to the maximum amount quoted in the request for proposal for the licensing system. The actual amount will be set by agreement between the department and the vendor.
Proposal does not change existing rules.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. There are no anticipated costs to small business associated with this rule.
Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. These are not hydraulic rules.
Hearing Location: Double Tree Hotel at the Quay, 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA, on December 10-11, 1999, at 8:00 a.m.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Debbie Nelson by November 23, 1999, TDD (360) 902-2207, or (360) 902-2226.
Submit Written Comments to: Evan Jacoby, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501, fax (360) 902-2944, by December 9, 1999.
Date of Intended Adoption: December 10, 1999.
November 3, 1999
The point-of-sale vendor transaction fee shall be used to compensate a contractor operating an automated recreational licensing system. This fee shall be applied to all purchases of recreational licenses as defined by RCW 77.32.050. The transaction fee shall not exceed 10% of the value of the license transaction, excluding any applicable dealer fees. The actual percentage shall be defined by agreement between the point-of-sale vendor and the department.