PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 314-17 WAC, Mandatory alcohol server training.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 66.08.030, 66.20.300, 66.20.310, 66.20.320, 66.20.330, 66.20.340, 66.20.350.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish:
|•||Require standardized exam. RCW 66.20.320 indicates that a Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST) trainer's curriculum includes an exam. Having a standard exam would ensure that alcohol servers have adequate knowledge of important laws, rules, and techniques to prevent service of alcohol to minors and intoxicated persons.|
|•||Prohibit the certification of trainers or providers who have been suspended in Washington or another state in the last five years. This requirement will help ensure that MAST trainers and providers are presenting effective training that meets the requirements outlined in law and rule.|
|•||Prohibit stand alone videotape training. Due to the importance of this training, the participants of the course should have a trainer available to answer questions and concerns prior to a server taking the examination.|
|•||Require prospective trainers to attend the Liquor Control Board's ID/over service training as a condition of certification. Currently no formal training is required for anyone to become a MAST trainer. This requirement will ensure those teaching the classes are familiar with relevant liquor laws and rules.|
|•||Technical changes for clarification and to correct references to other WACs.|
Process for Developing New Rule: Input from retail licensees, local governments, 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) 664-1648, fax (360) 704-4921, e-mail email@example.com.
January 7, 2004
Merritt D. Long