WSR 05-09-007

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

HORSE RACING COMMISSION


[ Filed April 7, 2005, 8:51 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 260-32-160 Physical examinations and Title 260 WAC, Physician's written statements.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 67.16.020.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To amend WAC 260-32-160 to: (1) Eliminate the need for jockeys to have a physical examination by a licensed physician before riding in a race; (2) to allow to attest to their physical soundness during the application process; and (3) to allow the board of stewards, at their discretion to demand a jockey produce a physician's written statement releasing a jockey to ride. In addition, to amend or adopt new language to also establish similar requirements for pony persons, outriders and exercise riders.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Robert J. Lopez, Administrative Services Manager, Washington Horse Racing Commission, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516-5578, phone (360) 459-6462, fax (360) 459-6461, rlopez@whrc.state.wa.us.

April 6, 2005

R. M. Leichner

Executive Secretary

Washington State Code Reviser's Office