Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 12-13-062.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: New WAC 230-03-201 Gambling equipment connecting to external tools for standard maintenance.
Hearing Location(s): Comfort Inn Conference Center (tentative), 1620 74th Avenue S.W., Tumwater, WA 98501 (NOTE: Meeting dates and times are tentative. Visit our web site at www.wsgc.wa.gov and select public meeting about ten days before the meeting to confirm meeting date/location/start time), on January 10 or 11, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: January 10 or 11, 2013. NOTE: Meeting dates and times are tentative. Visit our web site at www.wsgc.wa.gov and select public meeting about ten days before the meeting to confirm meeting date/location/start time.
Submit Written Comments to: Susan Newer, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, e-mail Susan.Newer@wsgc.wa gov, fax (360) 486-3625, by December 24, 2012.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Gail Grate by January 1, 2013, TTY (360) 486-3637 or (360) 486-3453.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Shuffle Master, a licensed manufacturer, is requesting the ability to connect external tools to card shufflers, ace finders and similar card game equipment to conduct standard maintenance. The maintenance would be performed by a licensed representative and only the card game equipment and external tool would be connected to each other. Connecting to the internet or any other equipment or network would not be allowed. The external tools would be tested by our gambling lab and only include laptops, tablets, USB products, or similar products approved by us, containing troubleshooting programs, which will connect to the gambling equipment via their ethernet or USB ports. Standard maintenance would only include:
|O||Reviewing event logs on gambling equipment, which can consist of card and software errors.|
|O||Installing and uninstalling card libraries and card calibration files.|
|O||Configuring touch screen calibration.|
|O||Gathering diagnostic information.|
|O||Verifying the hardware board type(s).|
|O||Reviewing the number of times the equipment has been powered up.|
|O||Reviewing the total number of operating cycles.|
Reasons Supporting Proposal: See above.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.
Statute Being Implemented: Not applicable.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Shuffle Master, a licensed manufacturer, private.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Susan Newer, Lacey, (360) 486-3466; Implementation: Rick Day, Director, Lacey, (360) 486-3446; and Enforcement: Mark Harris, Assistant Director, Lacey, (360) 486-3579.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. A small business economic impact statement was not prepared because the proposed rule change does not impose additional costs on businesses.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The Washington state gambling commission is not an agency that is statutorily required to prepare a cost-benefit analysis under RCW 34.05.328.
October 8, 2012
WAC 230-03-201 Gambling equipment connecting to external tools for standard maintenance. (1) The following gambling equipment can be connected to external tools for standard maintenance only through a closed network:
(a) Card shuffling devices; and
(b) Ace finders or no peek devices; and
(c) Similar gambling equipment that has been approved by us.
(2) For purposes of this rule:
(a) A closed network includes only the gambling equipment and the external tool.
(b) Standard maintenance means:
(i) Reviewing event logs on gambling equipment, which can consist of card and software errors.
(ii) Installing and uninstalling card libraries and card calibration files.
(iii) Configuring touch screen calibration.
(iv) Gathering diagnostic information.
(v) Verifying the hardware board type(s).
(vi) Reviewing the number of times the equipment has been powered up.
(vii) Reviewing the total number of operating cycles.
(c) External tools may only include laptops, tablets, USB products, or similar products approved by us, containing troubleshooting programs, which will connect to the gambling equipment via their Ethernet or USB ports.
(3) The following requirements apply when using external tools:
(a) A functional replica of the external tools and their troubleshooting programs must be tested and approved by us before they are first used; and
(b) During standard maintenance, the gambling equipment must not be in play or have access to live gaming data; and
(c) Wireless capabilities must not be used when an external tool is connected to gambling equipment. If an external tool has wireless capabilities, it must be tested by us to ensure wireless capabilities are disabled when connected to the gambling equipment; and
(d) There must be no access to the internet; and
(e) The connection for maintenance must only exist while the manufacturer representative or distributor representative is performing maintenance; and
(f) When standard maintenance is performed, the operator must keep a log in the format we require and access to the gambling equipment must be recorded by surveillance; and
(g) The external tools must only be in possession of a manufacturer representative or distributor representative.