PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 314-05-020 What is a special occasion license? and 314-05-030 Guidelines for special occasion license events.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 66.08.030, 66.28.010, and section 12, chapter 41, Laws of 2008.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The legislature has adopted bills that provide exceptions to the tied-house law. In 2008, SSB 6770 allowed breweries and wineries to donate beer or wine to trade associations for special occasion events. In 2006, SHB 3128 allowed wineries to serve on boards of nonprofit organizations holding a retail liquor license. Implementation of this legislation may require changes in current rule or adoption of new rules to clarify and provide further guidance to licensees who want to participate in these activities. Changes to current rules may be necessary to prevent conflicts with these laws.
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.
July 9, 2008