WSR 08-15-071

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD


[ Filed July 15, 2008, 9:02 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 314-02-015 What is a spirits, beer, and wine restaurant license?, 314-02-060 What is a caterer's endorsement?, and 314-02-120 How do licensees get keg registration forms?

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 66.08.030, 66.24.200, 66.24.220, 66.24.320, 66.24.400, 66.24.420 and section 10, chapter 41, Laws of 2008.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The legislature has adopted changes in laws for retail licensees. In 2008, SSB 6770 allowed restaurants to sell bottled wine to customers to take with them for off-premises consumption. In 2007, under HB 1349, restaurants were allowed to sell kegs to customers and under E2SSB 5859, restaurants may store alcohol off the restaurant site under specific circumstances under a caterer's endorsement. 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 rules@liq.wa.gov.

July 9, 2008

Lorraine Lee

Chairman

Washington State Code Reviser's Office