WSR 07-10-037

PROPOSED RULES

GAMBLING COMMISSION


[ Filed April 24, 2007, 2:39 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-04-057.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: New chapter 230-13 WAC, Amusement games [chapter 230-01 WAC, About the commission].

Hearing Location(s): La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1425 East 27th Street, Tacoma, WA 98421, (253) 383-0146, on July 13, 2007, at 9:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: July 13, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Susan Arland, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, e-mail Susan2@wsgc.wa.gov, fax (360) 486-3625, by July 1, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Shirley Corbett, Executive Assistant, by July 1, 2007, TTY (360) 486-3637 or (360) 486-3447.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The gambling commission is rewriting its rules manual using plain English techniques. We anticipate the project will be completed by January 1, 2008. The rules manual is being broken into sections and rewritten a section at a time. This filing is to provide notification that rules regarding the commission in general are under review and are now being rewritten in plain English.

Overview of chapter 230-01 WAC, About the commission changes


INDIVIDUAL RULE CHANGES:

Pre-January 1, 2008, WAC 230-02-010 Washington state gambling commission -- Purpose and organization and 230-12-900 Deputy director. These pre-January 1, 2008 rules were originally written in 1973 to describe the newly formed commission; they gave a lot of detail about term limits and information that is contained in the Gambling Act at RCW 9.46.040 and 9.46.050. Because the RCW is so specific, we feel that these WAC rules can be removed.

Post-January 1, 2008 WAC 230-01-001 Time and place of public meetings. Chapter 34.05 RCW, the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), states requirements for public agencies to give proper notice of their public meetings. In our pre-January 1, 2008, WAC 230-02-020 Time and place of meetings, states, "giving at least two weeks advance notice, we normally hold regular public meetings monthly."

We propose dropping this "two week advance notice" language because we normally file all our meeting dates in December for the upcoming year, so we are exceeding what is called for by the APA.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To make our rules manual more user friendly. To make rules easier to find and understand.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 9.46.070.

Statute Being Implemented: Not applicable.

Name of Proponent: Washington state gambling commission, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Susan Arland, Rules Coordinator, Lacey, (360) 486-3466; Implementation: Rick Day, Director, Lacey, (360) 486-3446; and Enforcement: Mark Harris, Assistant Director, Lacey, (360) 486-3579.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. A small business economic impact statement has not been prepared pursuant to RCW 19.85.025 and/or the proposed rule change clarifies language of rules without changing the effect.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The Washington state gambling commission is not an agency that is statutorily required to prepare a cost-benefit analysis under RCW 34.05.328.

April 24, 2007

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator

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Chapter 230-01 WAC

ABOUT THE COMMISSION


NEW SECTION
WAC 230-01-001   Time and place of public meetings.   (1) We normally file a schedule of meetings in January of each year with the code reviser's office.

(2) We hold montyly two-day meetings beginning on the second Thursday and Friday of the month at a time and place we set.

(3) We may call additional public meetings as necessary to accomplish our business.

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Reviser's note: The spelling error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
NEW SECTION
WAC 230-01-005   Address and hours of administrative offices.   (1) Our administrative office is located in Lacey, Washington.


Mailing Address Location Address
Washington State

Gambling Commission

P.O. Box 42400

Olympia, WA 98504-2400

Washington State

Gambling Commission

4565 7th Avenue S.E.

Lacey, WA 98503


(2) Normal business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

(3) Services available are:

(a) Administration;

(b) Information;

(c) Licensing;

(d) Investigation;

(e) Activity report processing; and

(f) Public records.

(4) Address applications for licenses, required license materials, or requests for notices, information, or other inquiries to our mailing address.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 230-01-010   Field offices and operations.   Direct regulatory and operational questions to our field offices, located at:


City Telephone Number
Eastern Region

North 901 Monroe

Room 240

Spokane, WA 99201

509-325-7900
1703 Creekside Loop

Suite 120

Yakima, WA 98902

509-575-2820
Northwest Region

3501 Colby Avenue

Suite 102

Everett, WA 98201

425-304-6300
451 Southwest 10th Street

Plaza 451 Building

Suite 218

Renton, WA 98057

425-277-7014
Southwest Region

Tacoma Mall Office Building

4301 South Pine Street

Suite 307

Tacoma, WA 98409

253-671-6280

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NEW SECTION
WAC 230-01-015   Effective dates for rule-making orders.   (1) Rules adopted December through May become effective July 1.

(2) Rules adopted June through November become effective January 1.

(3) The commission may specify earlier or later effective dates. The earliest a rule may become effective is thirty-one days after filing with the code reviser's office as explained in RCW 34.05.380(3).

(4) Rules adopted under emergency rule making must specify an effective date as explained in RCW 34.05.350.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 230-01-020   Commission activities exempt from State Environmental Protection Act.   The commission has reviewed its authorized activities and has found them to be exempt pursuant to WAC 197-10-040(2), 197-10-150 through 197-10-190 and the State Environmental Policy Act, chapter 43.21C RCW.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 230-01-025   Definitions used in Title 230.   Words and terms used in these rules have the same meaning as they have in chapter 9.46 RCW, unless otherwise provided in these rules.

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