WSR 10-07-048

PERMANENT RULES

HORSE RACING COMMISSION


[ Filed March 11, 2010, 2:25 p.m. , effective April 11, 2010 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: WAC 260-36-120 is being amended to remove the requirement that the stewards must deny, suspend, or revoke a license when an individual has pending felony charges. The license in question now may be denied, suspended, or revoked and the stewards have the ability to review the circumstances of the case prior to the decision being made.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 260-36-120.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 67.17.020.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-03-058 on January 15, 2010.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: March 11, 2010.

Douglas L. Moore

Deputy Secretary

OTS-2925.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-01-052, filed 12/14/06, effective 1/14/07)

WAC 260-36-120   Denial, suspension, and revocation -- Grounds.   (1) The commission or its designee may refuse to issue or may deny a license to an applicant, may modify or place conditions upon a license, may suspend or revoke a license issued, may order disciplinary measures, or may ban a person from all facilities under the commission's jurisdiction, if the applicant licensee, or other person:

(a) Has been convicted of violating any law regarding gambling or a controlled substance;

(b) Has pending ((misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor)) criminal charges((, as classified by the laws of the state of Washington or the laws of the jurisdiction in which the conviction occurred));

(c) Has failed to meet the minimum qualifications required for the license for which they are applying;

(d) Has failed to disclose or states falsely any information required in the application;

(e) Has been found in violation of statutes or rules governing racing in this state or other jurisdictions;

(f) Has a proceeding pending to determine whether the applicant or licensee has violated the rules of racing in this state or other racing jurisdiction;

(g) Has been or is currently excluded from a racetrack at which parimutuel wagering on horse racing is conducted by a recognized racing jurisdiction;

(h) Has had a license denied by any racing jurisdiction;

(i) Is a person whose conduct or reputation may adversely reflect on the honesty and integrity of horse racing or who may interfere or has interfered with the orderly conduct of a race meeting;

(j) Demonstrates financial irresponsibility by accumulating unpaid obligations, defaulting in obligations or issuing drafts or checks that are dishonored or payment refused;

(k) Has violated any of the alcohol or substance abuse provisions outlined in chapter 260-34 WAC;

(l) Has violated any of the provisions of chapter 67.16 RCW;

(m) Has violated any provisions of TITLE 260 WAC;

(n) Has association with persons of known disreputable character; or

(o) Has not established the necessary skills or expertise to be qualified for a license as required by WAC 260-36-060.

(2) The commission or its designee must deny the application for license or suspend or revoke an existing license if the applicant or licensee:

(a) Has been convicted of any felony crime against a person. "Crime against a person" means a conviction for any offense enumerated in chapters 9A.32, 9A.36, 9A.40, 9A.42, and 9A.44 RCW, or an offense which would constitute an offense enumerated in those chapters if committed in Washington state;

(b) Has been convicted of any felony drug crime involving the possession or use of any drug as defined in chapter 69.41 RCW or any controlled substance as defined in chapter 69.50 RCW within the past three years;

(c) Has been convicted of any other felony drug crime as defined in chapter 69.41 RCW or felony crime involving a controlled substance as defined in chapter 69.50 RCW, or a felony drug crime which would constitute an offense enumerated in those chapters if committed in Washington state;

(d) Has been convicted of any other felony crime within the past ten years. Other felony crime includes any felony conviction not listed in (a), (b), and (c) of this subsection. This also includes an offense committed in another jurisdiction, which would constitute a felony if committed in Washington state;

(e) Has five or more convictions for gross misdemeanors within the last three years, as classified by the laws of the state of Washington or the laws of the jurisdiction in which the conviction occurred;

(f) Is subject to current prosecution ((or pending charges)) for any felony crime;

(g) Has any felony conviction under appeal;

(h) Is currently suspended or revoked in Washington or by another recognized racing jurisdiction;

(i) Is certified under RCW 74.20A.320 by the department of social and health services as a person who is not in compliance with a support order; or

(j) Has any outstanding arrest warrants.

(3) In considering a challenge of a decision denying or revoking a license pursuant to subsection (2) of this section, the commission may only reverse the denial or revocation on a showing by the appellant of mitigating information and that the best interests of horse racing would not be compromised by granting or reinstating a license.

(4) A license suspension or revocation will be reported in writing to the applicant or licensee and the Association of Racing Commissioners International, Inc.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 67.16.020. 07-01-052, 260-36-120, filed 12/14/06, effective 1/14/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 67.16.020 and 67.16.040. 06-05-039, 260-36-120, filed 2/9/06, effective 3/12/06; 05-05-047, 260-36-120, filed 2/14/05, effective 3/17/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 67.16.020. 04-07-075, 260-36-120, filed 3/15/04, effective 4/15/04. Rules of racing, 347, filed 4/21/61; sub. (2) added as rule 347(a), filed 1/21/64.]

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