PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Manufacturers and distributors.
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: Staff are exploring ways to streamline processes to reduce staff time used enforcing regulations relating to credit and discriminatory pricing restrictions on manufacturers and distributors. One way to do this would be to remove rules governing credit and pricing restrictions between manufacturers and distributors and let the operators handle these issues in the open market, rather than involving the commission in these business decisions.
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.
[Meetings at the] Red Lion - Vancouver at the Quay, 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, (360) 694-8341, on April 15, 2005; at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 303 West North River Drive, Spokane, WA 99201, (509) 326-8000, on May 13, 2005; and at the LaConner Maple Hall, 108 Commercial Street, LaConner, WA 98257, (360) 466-3101, on June 10, 2005.
March 2, 2005