PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
[Filed October 21, 2019, 10:53 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The gambling commission is considering repealing certain fee and reporting rules under its old licensing and reporting structure that are no longer in effect, including the following: Prorating or refunding of fees; fees for review of gambling equipment, supplies, services, or games; returned payments; two-part payment plan for license fees; exceeding license class; failing to apply for license class upgrade; partial refund of license fees if gambling receipts limit not met; charitable or nonprofit organization fees; commercial stimulant fees; fees for other businesses; individuals license fees; all licensed organizations report activity quarterly beginning with the July 1, 2018, through September 30, 2018, quarter; online filing required with waivers available upon request for good cause; defining "gross gambling receipts"; defining "net win"; reporting annual activity for raffles, enhanced raffles, amusement games, Class A, B, or C bingo, or combination licenses; reporting annual activity for agricultural fairs; activity reports for fundraising events; activity reports for Class D and above bingo licensees; activity reports for linked bingo prize providers; annual activity reports for commercial amusement game licensees; activity reports for punchboard and pull-tab licensees; reporting card game activity; activity reports by manufacturers and distributors; recordkeeping requirements for licensees with gross gambling receipts of fifty thousand dollars or less in their previous license year and unlicensed raffles.
The gambling commission is also considering amending some current fee and reporting rules, including the following: Denying, suspending, or revoking an application, license or permit; applying for a card room employee license; defining "gross gambling receipts"; returned payments; fees for review of gambling equipment, supplies, services, or games; keeping and depositing all gambling funds separate from other funds; recordkeeping requirements for licensees with gross gambling receipts over fifty thousand dollars in their previous license year and raffles using alternative drawing formats.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 9.46.070
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The gambling commission amended its rules in 2018 to simplify its reporting and licensing fee structures. All licensees have now transitioned to the new structure and therefore many rules related to the old structures are no longer relevant and should be repealed. Additionally, staff have identified proposed rules and topics that need amendment to better facilitate reporting of revenues and payment of licensing fees in the current system.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Ashlie Laydon, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, phone 360-486-3473, fax 360-486-3624, TTY 360-486-3637, email email@example.com, website www.wsgc.wa.gov.
October 21, 2019