WSR 99-04-002

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD


[ Filed January 20, 1999, 4:35 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Electronic funds transfer as method of payment between liquor retailers and wholesalers, revision to WAC 314-16-160(2).

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 66.08.030, 66.28.010 (1)(a).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board will consider changes to WAC 314-16-160 in order to recognize electronic funds transfer as payment between a liquor retailer and liquor wholesaler. Currently, WAC 314-16-160(2) states no retail licensee may buy or accept delivery of liquor except for cash paid at the time of delivery. With the advent of electronic payment through a system known as electronic funds transfer (EFT), the Liquor Control Board would like to recognize payment through EFT under certain conditions. The board adopted a policy on this subject on January 13, 1999.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Input from licensees and other interested parties will be obtained through series of notices and at least one public hearing.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Teresa Berntsen, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 43080, Olympia, WA 98504-3080, (360) 586-1641, fax (360) 704-4920, e-mail teb@liq.wa.gov.

January 15, 1999

Eugene A. Prince

Chair

Washington State Code Reviser's Office