WSR 13-03-150

PROPOSED RULES

LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD


[ Filed January 23, 2013, 11:03 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 12-19-034.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 314-23-030 What does a spirits certificate of approval license allow?

Hearing Location(s): Washington State Liquor Control Board, Board Room, 3000 Pacific Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, on February 27, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: March 6, 2013.

Submit Written Comments to: Karen McCall, P.O. Box 43080, Olympia, WA 98504-3080, e-mail rules@liq.wa.gov, fax (360) 664-9689, by February 27, 2013.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Karen McCall by February 27, 2013, (360) 664-1631.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The amendments will allow any spirits certificate of approval licensee to obtain an endorsement to sell their spirits product to a spirits retailer in Washington state.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: This rule making is due to a stakeholder request to amend the current rule regarding what the holder of a spirits certificate of approval license is allowed to do.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 66.24.640, 66.08.030.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 66.24.640.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Washington state liquor control board, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Karen McCall, Rules Coordinator, 3000 Pacific Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 664-1631; Implementation: Alan Rathbun, Licensing Director, 3000 Pacific Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 664-1615; and Enforcement: Justin Nordhorn, Enforcement Chief, 3000 Pacific Avenue S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 664-1726.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. A fiscal impact statement was not required.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328.

January 23, 2013

Sharon Foster

Chairman

OTS-5255.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 12-12-065, filed 6/5/12, effective 7/6/12)

WAC 314-23-030   What does a spirits certificate of approval license allow?   (1) A spirits certificate of approval licensee may not commence sales until March 1, 2012. A spirits certificate of approval license may be issued to spirits manufacturers located outside of the state of Washington but within the United States.

(2) There are three separate spirits certificate of approval licenses as follows:

(a) A holder of a spirits certificate of approval may act as a distributor of spirits they are entitled to import into the state by selling directly to spirits distributors or spirits importers licensed in Washington state. The fee for a certificate of approval is two hundred dollars per year.

(b) A holder of an authorized representative out-of-state spirits importer or brand owner for spirits produced in the United States but outside of Washington state may obtain a spirits authorized representative domestic certificate of approval license which entitles the holder to import spirits into the state by selling directly to spirits distributors, or spirits importers licensed in Washington state. The fee for an authorized representative certificate of approval for spirits is two hundred dollars per year.

(c) A holder of an authorized representative out-of-state spirits importer or brand owner for spirits produced outside of the United States obtains a spirits authorized representative foreign certificate of approval which entitles the holder to import spirits into the state by selling directly to spirits distributors, or spirits importers licensed in Washington state. The fee for an authorized representative certificate of approval for foreign spirits is two hundred dollars per year.

(3) A spirits certificate of approval holder, a spirits authorized representative domestic certificate of approval holder, and/or a spirits authorized representative foreign certificate of approval holder must obtain an endorsement to the certificate of approval that allows the shipment of spirits the holder is entitled to import into the state directly to licensed liquor retailers. The fee for this endorsement is one hundred dollars per year and is in addition to the fee for the certificate of approval license. The holder of a certificate of approval license that sells directly to licensed liquor retailers must:

(a) Report to the board monthly, on forms provided by the board, the amount of all sales of spirits to licensed retailers.

(b) Pay to the board a fee of ten percent of the total revenue from all sales of spirits to retail licensees made during the month for which the fee is due for the first two years of licensure.

(c) Pay to the board five percent of the total revenue from all sales of spirits to retail licensees made during the month for which the fee is due for the third year of licensure and every year thereafter.

(((4) An authorized representative out-of-state spirits importer or brand owner for spirits produced in the United States but outside of Washington state may obtain an authorized representative certificate of approval license which allows the holder to ship spirits to spirits distributors, or spirits importers located in Washington state. The fee for an authorized representative certificate of approval for spirits is two hundred dollars per year.

(5) An authorized representative out-of-state spirits importer or brand owner for spirits produced outside of the United States may ship spirits to licensed spirits distributors, or spirits importers located in Washington state. The fee for an authorized representative certificate of approval for foreign spirits is two hundred dollars per year.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 66.08.030, 66.24.055, 66.24.160, 66.24.630, and 66.24.640. 12-12-065, 314-23-030, filed 6/5/12, effective 7/6/12.]