WSR 05-04-103

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

GAMBLING COMMISSION


[ Filed February 2, 2005, 9:31 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Activity reporting for all licensees.

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: Due to recent budget cuts, staff are exploring ways to streamline agency processes.

Currently, a majority of our licensees report their gambling activity (gross receipts, prizes paid, etc.) on a quarterly basis. The process includes sending blank reports to licensees to complete, staff calling licensees to follow-up on reports that are not submitted, data entry, auditing, complication and creation of statistical booklets that are used by staff, the legislature, stakeholders, and various industry groups, to track trends and provide an overview of gambling in Washington state.

Staff are exploring ways to streamline agency processes and one way may be to reduce how often licensees report their gambling activity to the commission.

Process for Developing New Rule: Rule change developed by agency staff. Interested parties can participate in the discussion of this proposed change by attending a commission meeting, or contacting the agency rules coordinator at the contact information below.

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; Neal Nunamaker, 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, e-mail Susana@wsgc.wa.gov.

[Meeting Locations]: On March 11, 2005, at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, WA 98188, (206) 575-8220; on April 15, 2005, at the Red Lion - Vancouver at the Quay, 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, (360) 694-8341; and on May 13, 2005, at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 303 West North River Drive, Spokane, WA 99201, (509) 326-8000.

February 2, 2005

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office