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Request for Public Comment

The Commission is seeking public comment on the following proposed rule changes:

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Public petitions received by the agency requesting a rule change in which the Commissioners have initiated rule-making proceedings.

WAC 230-15-050
Minimum cash on
hand requirements.

The Gambling Commission received a petition requesting operators running house-banked jackpots be allowed to keep required jackpot money in a separate, off-site bank account rather than on premises. At their August 2021 public meeting, Commissioners voted to accept the petition and initiate rule-making to consider to consider amending minimum cash on hand requirements, including how licensees will maintain funds and pay out prizes.

WAC 230-06-035
Credit, loans, or gifts prohibited.

The Gambling Commission received a petition to amend WAC 230-06-035, which prohibits credit, loans or gifts. The petitioner specifically requested to amend subsection (3): "You must collect the price required to participate in the gambling activity in full before allowing someone to participate. Licensees must collect cash, check, gift certificate, gift card, or electronic point-of-sale bank transfer." The petitioner was seeking to amend this rule to allow for other methods of payment.

At their September 2019 public meeting, Commissioners voted to accept the petition and initiate rule-making to consider authorizing the use of credit cards for payment for commercial and nonprofit gambling activities. A their December 2020 public meeting, Commissioners chose to withdraw rule-making citing that there needs to be more analysis and stakeholder work on how the proposed rule may contribute to problem gambling and a broader discussion on the role of credit cards used in the gambling industry.

WAC 230-13-080
Operating coin or token activated amusement games.

The Gambling Commission received a petition to remove the square footage requirements for “grocery or department store” in WAC 230-13-080. At their May 2020 public meeting, Commissioners voted to accept the petition and initiate rule-making to consider amending the square footage requirements for “grocery or department store.”

NEW
Electronic raffles.

The Gambling Commission received a petition to allow for electronic raffles at sporting venues. At their February 2020 public meeting, Commissioners voted to accept the petition and initiate rule-making to consider adopting and/or amending its raffle rules to allow for the use of equipment to facilitate electronic raffles at sports venues. At their August 2021 public meeting, Commissioners voted to file draft language for further discussion.

Staff-initiated rule changes.

NEW
Self-exclusion.

The Gambling Commission is looking to create a self-exclusion program that will allow a person to voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling at authorized gambling establishments that offer house-banked social card games. At their August 2021 public meeting, Commissioners directed staff to continue to work on several aspects of the self-exclusion program and bring the proposal back to them at their October 2021 public meeting.

Staff-initiated rule changes- Sports-Wagering.

The Gambling Commission is considering adopting new rules and amending current rules to implement the new sports wagering law, HB 2638, passed by the Legislature during the 2020 session. A new state regulatory structure will be created to cover all aspects of sports wagering consistent with any new tribal-state sports wagering compact amendment.

 

NEW
Sports wagering rules.

The Gambling Commission is considering amending current rules and adopting new rules related to sports wagering. The proposed rules address the following areas consistent with the Gambling Act and recent negotiated tribal-state compact amendments: 1) licensing and regulation, 2) agency funding, 3) money laundering and criminal enforcement, 4) sport and gambling integrity, and 5) responsible and problem gambling. At their July 2021 special public meeting, Commissioners chose to take final action on rule changes in chapter 230-03 WAC, chapter 230-05 WAC, chapter 230-06 WAC, and directed staff to continue to work with stakeholders on chapter 230-19 WAC.

 

To submit your comments, please complete the form below. Please note that your comments will be considered a public record and will be disclosable upon request.