WSR 05-19-128

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

GAMBLING COMMISSION


[ Filed September 20, 2005, 4:44 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Manufacturers operating under special sales permits.

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: The original intent of this rule was to allow manufacturers to obtain a permit to conduct a one-time sale of gambling equipment to commercial operators and tribes. We receive only a corporate disclosure of the entity and a background check is run on the primary owners or officers. No other prelicensing investigation is conducted on these manufacturers.

The intent of the rule was that the permit would be issued to a manufacturer for a one-time sale and the permit would not be renewable. Now, manufacturers reapply each year to receive a new permit for continuous sales without any investigation other than a background on the owner(s) or officers. Repealing this rule would require all manufacturers that bring gambling equipment into Washington to undergo a full investigation to ensure they are qualified to sell equipment in Washington.

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 on] November 18, 2005, at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, WA 98188, (206) 575-8220; on January 13, 2006, at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, WA 98188, (206) 575-8820; and on February 10, 2005, at the Phelnix [Phoenix] Inn, 415 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501, (360) 570-0555.

September 19, 2005

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office