PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 260-52 WAC, The Race -- Paddock to finish, specifically, the use of the whip. In addition the commission may amend sections in chapter 260-44 WAC that address aspects of the whip.
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: The commission is beginning the rule-making process to consider amending our rules on the use of the whip by jockeys during a race. The commission will consider the model rule on whips, which is currently in development by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
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 Robert J. Lopez, Deputy Secretary, Washington Horse Racing Commission, 6326 Martin Way, Suite 209, Olympia, WA 98516-5578, phone (360) 459-6462, fax (360) 459-6461, firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 24, 2008
R. J. Lopez