PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: To amend the applicable sections dealing with fines and suspensions, which shall include (1) amending sections of chapter 260-84 WAC, Fines and suspensions; (2) amending the penalty matrix located in WAC 260-24-510 Stewards; and (3) moving the penalty matrix to chapter 260-84 WAC, Fines and suspensions.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 67.16.020.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Sections of chapter 260-84 WAC have not been amended since 1961 and sections may no longer be applicable or need to be amended. The penalty matrix currently in WAC 260-24-510 is better located in chapter 260-84 WAC. Finally, RCW 67.16.270 requires the commission to adopt by rule standard penalties for a rules violation. The current penalty matrix, while recently adopted may need some adjustments before the beginning of live racing in April 2005.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Robert J. Lopez, Administrative Services Manager, Washington Horse Racing Commission, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516-5578, phone (360) 459-6462, fax (360) 459-6461, email@example.com.
October 6, 2004
R. M. Leichner