WSR 12-11-041

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

GAMBLING COMMISSION


[ Filed May 10, 2012, 2:53 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Members-only raffles.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 9.46.070, 9.46.0315.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Staff proposed rule change to comply with bill (SB 6465) that passed during the 2012 legislative session. Historically, charitable/nonprofit organizations conduct unlicensed "members only" raffles, where liquor can be given away as a prize. Unlicensed raffles cannot exceed $5,000 in yearly gross revenues. SB 6465 allows "members only" raffles to exceed $5,000 if the organization obtains a raffle license. The effect is that the organizations will be able to continue to give away alcohol as a prize, even if gross revenues are over $5,000.

Process for Developing New Rule: Interested parties can participate in the discussion of this proposed change by attending a commission meeting, or contacting the agency rules coordinator at the contact information below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Susan Arland, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, (360) 486-3466, e-mail Susan.Arland@wsgc.wa.gov, fax (360) 486-3625.

[Meetings on] July 12 or 13, 2012, at the DoubleTree Guest Suites - Southcenter, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, WA 98188, visit www.wsgc.wa.gov on July 1 to confirm meeting location and start time; on August 9 or 10, 2012, at the Vancouver Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662, visit www.wsgc.wa.gov on August 1 to confirm meeting location and start time; and on September 13 or 14, 2012, at the Great Wolf Lodge, 20500 Old Highway 99 S.W., Grand Mound, WA 98531, visit www.wsgc.wa.gov on September 1 to confirm meeting location and start time.

May 10, 2012

Susan Arland

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office