WSR 05-02-078

PROPOSED RULES

HORSE RACING COMMISSION


[ Filed January 5, 2005, 8:11 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-22-011.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 260-36-180 Consent to search.

Hearing Location(s): Auburn City Council Chambers, 25 West Main, Auburn, WA 98001, on February 10, 2005, at 9:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: February 10, 2005.

Submit Written Comments to: Robert J. Lopez, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516-5578, e-mail rlopez@whrc.state.wa.us, fax (360) 459-6461, by February 7, 2005.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Patty Sorby by February 7, 2005, TTY (360) 459-6462.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To amend the rule on consent to search to clarify the procedures when and how searches will be conducted and who is authorized to conduct a search.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Eliminates an unnecessary and cumbersome authorization for search process.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 67.16.020 and 67.16.040.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Washington Horse Racing Commission, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Robert J. Lopez, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516-5578, (360) 459-6462; Implementation and Enforcement: Robert M. Leichner, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516-5578, (360) 459-6462.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not applicable.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Not applicable.

January 4, 2005

R. M. Leichner

Executive Secretary

OTS-7740.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 81-03, filed 4/22/81)

WAC 260-36-180   Consent to search.   In order to protect the integrity of horse racing and to protect the interests and safety of the public((, any person who accepts a license or occupational permit from the commission and enters upon the grounds of a racing association is deemed to have given consent, subject to the provisions of this section, to a search of his person, effects, and/or any premises which that person may occupy or have the right to occupy upon the grounds. The commission and its stewards shall have the right to authorize personnel to conduct such searches. A licensee's or permit holder's person, effects, or premises may be searched upon the grounds when a person authorized to conduct such searches has reasonable grounds to believe that the licensee or permit holder has in his possession prohibited material or illicit devices; including, but not limited to, prohibited drugs or medication, controlled substances, nonauthorized hypodermic instruments, illicit mechanical or electric devices, and weapons. When possible such searches shall be conducted in a manner to avoid undue intrusion of privacy, but a dispute as to the appropriate conditions for a search shall not be grounds for failing to permit an otherwise appropriate search. Failure to permit a search as authorized herein shall result in revocation of the person's license or permit upon receipt by the commission of a sworn statement that a search was so refused. All persons to be searched shall be advised that failure to permit a search will result in revocation of their license or permit. Upon receipt of a sworn statement that a search has been refused, the commission or board of stewards shall inform the licensee or permit holder in writing that their license or permit has been revoked)) and participants, the commission and its employees shall have the right to enter into or upon the buildings, stables, rooms, motor vehicles or other places within the grounds of a racing association to examine the same and to inspect and examine the personal property and effects of any licensee within such places. Any person who has been granted a license by the commission, by accepting a license, consents to search of his/her person and the areas indicated herein by the commission or its employees and to the seizure of any medication, drugs, paraphernalia or device prohibited by the rules of racing, or other evidence of a violation of the rules of racing. If a licensee refuses to allow a search, the stewards shall revoke their license and refer the matter to the commission.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 67.16.020 and 67.16.040. 81-09-075 (Order 81-03), 260-36-180, filed 4/22/81.]

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