WSR 99-04-005

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

GAMBLING COMMISSION


[ Filed January 21, 1999, 1:08 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Bingo games.

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 bingo industry has requested changes as a way to stimulate bingo business. Changes to allow bingo operators to offer free games, such as the winners circle and pal games; reduce restrictions on gift certificates and promotional items; allow bingo operators to distribute coupons for free bingo cards to customers as prizes; and allow bingo players to accrue points by playing bingo and redeem the points for prizes, such as a trip.

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 Ben Bishop, Deputy Director, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, (360) 438-7640; Sherri Winslow, Deputy Director, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, (360) 438-7654 ext. 301; or Susan Arland, Public Information Officer, P.O. Box 42400, Olympia, WA 98504-2400, (360) 438-7654 ext. 374.

Meetings at the Ramada Governor House, 621 Capitol Way South, Olympia, WA 98501, (360) 352-7700, on February 11-12, 1999; at the Cavanaugh's Ridpath Hotel, West 1515 Sprague, Spokane, WA 99204, (509) 838-2711, on March 11-12, 1999; and at The Inn at Semi-ah-moo, 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, WA 98230, (360) 371-2000, on April 8-9, 1999.

January 21, 1999

Susan Arland

Public Information Officer

Washington State Code Reviser's Office