PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Conducting background checks on applicants for a gambling license.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 9.46.070.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The proposed rule change would no longer require spouses of officers of charitable or nonprofit organizations (C/NP), or board members of publicly-traded entities to meet licensing qualifications.
Staff has recognized that spouses of board members of publicly-traded licensees and C/NP officers pose little to no regulatory risk. The board members themselves have little to no day-to-day decision-making power and typically only attend four meetings per year. Spouses of C/NP officers have no actual or potential influence over the decision making of the organization. We are not aware of other jurisdictions in the United States that require spouses of board members or C/NP officers to undergo background checks.
Process for Developing New Rule: Interested parties can participate in the discussion of this proposed change by attending a commission meeting, or contacting the agency rules coordinator at the contact information below.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Susan Arland, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, (360) 486-3466, e-mail Susan.Arland@wsgc.wa.gov, fax (360) 486-3625.
[Meetings on] October 11 or 12, 2012, at the Clarion, 1507 North First Street, Yakima, WA 98901, visit www.wsgc.wa.gov on October 1 to confirm meeting location and start time; on November 15 or 16, 2012, Olympia area, to be determined, visit www.wsgc.wa.gov on November 1 to confirm meeting location and start time; and on January 10 or 11, 2013, at the Comfort Inn, 1620 74th Avenue S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, visit www.wsgc.wa.gov on January 1 to confirm meeting location and start time.
September 12, 2012