PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: State law authorizes the liquor control board to summarily suspend a liquor license in certain circumstances. The board wants to clarify the process used for an emergency suspension of a liquor license without a prior hearing and the process used by a licensee to challenge the board's action.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 66.08.030 and 66.08.150.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: There are no liquor control board rules clearly outlining the process by which a liquor licensee may challenge the summary suspension of his or her liquor license prior to a hearing. To help guide licensees and board staff in circumstances when a prehearing emergency suspension is appropriate, the board is developing rules for that process that a licensee would use to appeal the prehearing license suspension.
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.
March 5, 2008