PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 36-12 WAC, Professional boxing; chapter 36-13 WAC, Professional wrestling; and chapter 36-14 WAC, Professional and amateur martial arts.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 67.08.017, 43.24.023.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department will be reviewing the WACs for effectiveness, clarity, intent, and statutory authority. Stakeholders have requested an amendment to combative sports rules regarding officials' compensation that is paid by the event promoter. In addition, amendments are needed as the rules were written over ten years ago and are incomplete, inconsistent, and are at times contradictory. This proposed rule amendment is supported by industry and meets exemption criteria outlined in Executive Order 10-06.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Details will be distributed through the boxing, martial arts and wrestling listserv, and through direct mailings to licensees and interested parties.
To receive information by e-mail, please sign up on the boxing, martial arts, and wrestling listserv at http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/athletics/emaillist.html.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Interested parties may send in their comments by mail to Cameron Dalmas, Business and Professions Division, Combative Sports Program, Department of Licensing, P.O. Box 9026, Olympia, WA 98507, phone (360) 664-6643, e-mail email@example.com, fax (360) 664-2550. Additional information will be posted on the boxing, wrestling and martial arts web site as it becomes available at http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/athletics/.
March 28, 2013