PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: State law set out the process for obtaining a liquor license and renewing the license. As a result of legislation in 2007, some of the process is now specifically applied to the renewal of a liquor license as well. When local government authorities submit objections to either a new application or renewal of an application, they may base their objections on chronic illegal activity.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 66.08.030 and 66.24.010.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The 2007 legislature enacted EHB 2113 dealing with the process for licensing liquor establishments. The new legislation clarifies that much of the liquor licensing process used for new license applications also applies to the renewal of a liquor license. It specifically deals with local government objections to liquor license applications and renewals. Rules can clarify how local government authorities present information supporting a denial based on chronic illegal activity.
Process for Developing New Rule: Interested parties can participate in the discussions formulating this rule change by contacting or sending written comments to the agency staff listed below.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Pamela Madson, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 43080, Olympia, WA 98504-3080, (360) 664-1648, fax (360) 704-4921, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 15, 2007