PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Current rules in chapters 314-12, 314-02, and 314-16 WAC and policies regarding liquor licensees that serve alcohol for on-premises consumption.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 66.08.030, 66.44.310, 66.24.410, 66.44.420, 66.04.010(30).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: As part of its ongoing regulatory improvement process, the Liquor Control Board is reviewing its existing rules and policies regarding requirements for liquor licensees that sell alcohol for on-premises consumption, including food service requirements, barrier requirements, floor space requirements, defining a dining room vs. a lounge vs. a game room, and where persons under twenty-one years of age are allowed.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Gambling Commission. We will work with the Gambling Commission closely before adopting proposed language and after language is proposed.
Process for Developing New Rule: Input from retail licensees, local governments, and other interested parties will be obtained through series of notices and at least one public hearing.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Teresa Berntsen, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 43080, Olympia, WA 98504-3080, (360) 664-1648, fax (360) 704-4921, e-mail email@example.com.
April 6, 2004
Merritt D. Long