PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 314-19 WAC, Beer and wine tax reporting and payment requirements.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 66.08.030, 66.24.210, 66.24.230, 66.24.290, 66.24.305, 66.24.270, 66.24.215, 66.24.580, 66.24.206.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Changes to chapter 314-19 WAC are needed to:
|•||Clarify language in the rules, and in some places add more detail, for issues that cause confusion for customers.|
|•||Implement SSB 6655, passed during the 2004 legislative session, which will take effect on January 1, 2005. The law change will allow an authorized representative of an out-of-state brewery or winery to ship beer and wine into Washington state for resale. Currently only the actual brewery or winery may ship beer or wine into Washington for resale. The law will require persons who ship foreign-produced beer or wine into Washington for resale to get a certificate of approval license, just like suppliers of United States product.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 2, 2004
Merritt D. Long