Purpose: ESHB 2459, supplemental budget fund transfer, passed during the 2004 legislative session. The bill was to remove $3 million from the commission's budget, with $500,000 of that amount directed to problem gambling treatment programs, if another bill passed (HB 2776). The commission sent a letter to the governor supporting problem gambling, but opposing the fund transfer. In the end, $2.5 million was transferred from the gambling revolving fund; however, the governor vetoed the transfer of $500,000 for problem gambling and requested the commission resume its contributions to problem gambling. The commission recently authorized an additional $150,000 for problem gambling training and awareness services in fiscal year 2005. This fee would provide a stable funding source of approximately $232,000 each year for a problem gambling helpline, and training and awareness services (RCW 9.46.071). The fee would be paid by licensed charitable/nonprofit and commercial organizations.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending [new section] WAC 230-04-208.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-17-124 on August 17, 2004, with a published date of September 1, 2004.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New , Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New , Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: November 24, 2004.
WAC 230-04-208 Problem gambling awareness and training fee. The legislature amended RCW 9.46.071 in 2003, to allow the gambling commission to contract with qualified entities to provide public awareness, training and other services for problem gambling. The fees collected will provide a funding source for such a contract.
(1) Each organization applying for a gambling license or permit must pay a fee;
(2) The fees collected will be used solely for these services;
(3) The fee is nonrefundable;
(4) The fee will be paid with the original application and each subsequent renewal application;
(5) The problem gambling fee is a percentage of each license fee as follows:
|Less than $2,000||2.0%|
|$2,000, but less than $5,000||2.5%|
|$5,000, but less than $7,000||3.0%|
|$7,000, but less than $9,500||3.5%|
|$9,500 or greater||4.0%|
(7) The fee is imposed on applications received on or after June 30, 2005; and
(8) The fee will automatically expire if the legislature adopts a law that appropriates funds for the purposes of satisfying the requirements in RCW 9.46.071.