PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: House-banked card rooms.
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: To require minimum capitalization and bankroll. Eliminate Phase II: Allow licensees to begin operation at $100 betting limits rather than $25 and waiting six months for Phase II review to increase betting limits to $100. Would require all house-banked card rooms to have surveillance, not just the larger operations.
Financial Statements: Require financial audits or reviews of all house-banked card rooms, not just larger operations.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Rick Day, Deputy Director, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, (360) 486-3446; or Ed Fleisher, Deputy Director, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, (360) 486-3449; or Susan Arland, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, (360) 486-3466.
Meeting Dates and Locations: Best Western Aladdin Motor Inn, 900 South Capitol Way, Olympia, WA 98501, (360) 352-7200, on March 13 and 14, 2003; at the Hampton Inn/Foxhall, 3985 Bennett Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225, (360) 676-7700, on April 10 and 11, 2003; and at the Red Lion Hotel, 1225 North Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801, (509) 663-0711, on May 8 and 9, 2003.
February 19, 2003