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Gambling Laws

State Laws concerning gambling can be found under RCW Chapter 9.46.

Gambling Rules

State rules concerning gambling can be found under WAC Title 230.

Request a Rule Change

Agency staff review all proposed rule changes before they are discussed by the Commissioners. Staff prepares a rule summary, which includes a history of the rule, previous changes made to the rule, and resource/regulatory impacts the change could have.

Go to the request a rule change form

Comment on Proposed Rules

The Commission occasionally seeks public comments on various topics, including proposed rule changes.

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Recent Rule Revisions

Effective June 10, 2018
Petition for Change from Public
Pre-Shuffled Cards for Baccarat
Concise Explanatory Statement

WAC 230-06-053, WAC 230-16-158, WAC 230-15-115

Effective June 10, 2018
Petition for Change from Staff
Fee Simplification Package 5
Concise Explanatory Statement

WAC 230-05-125, WAC 230-05-170

Effective July 1, 2018
Petition for Change from Staff
Fee Simplification Packages 3 and 4
Concise Explanatory Statement

WAC 230-05-175WAC 230-05-102WAC 230-07-155, WAC 230-07-160WAC 230-09-056WAC 230-10-040, WAC 230-10-180WAC 230-10-457WAC 230-13-169WAC 230-16-160, WAC 230-16-165, WAC 230-16-175, WAC 230-16-180

Effective July 1, 2018
Petition for Change from Staff
Fee Simplification Package 2
Concise Explanatory Statement

WAC 230-06-176, WAC 230-06-081, WAC 230-06-082, WAC 230-17-151, WAC 230-17-152, WAC 230-03-085, WAC 230-17-150, WAC 230-17-155, WAC 230-09-115, WAC 230-09-125, WAC 230-10-045, WAC 230-10-055, WAC 230-10-065, WAC 230-10-070, WAC 230-10-075, WAC 230-10-085, WAC 230-10-090, WAC 230-10-120, WAC 230-10-125, WAC 230-10-275, WAC 230-10-330, WAC 230-10-331, WAC 230-10-350, WAC 230-10-385, WAC 230-10-395, WAC 230-10-240, WAC 230-10-425, WAC 230-10-435, WAC 230-10-451, WAC 230-13-075, WAC 230-13-152, WAC 230-13-155, WAC 230-13-160, WAC 230-14-250, WAC 230-14-280, WAC 230-14-284, WAC 230-15-005, WAC 230-15-080, WAC 230-15-100, WAC 230-15-110, WAC 230-15-115, WAC 230-15-120, WAC 230-15-135, WAC 230-15-200, WAC 230-15-205, WAC 230-16-130, WAC 230-16-220, WAC 230-06-170, WAC 230-06-046, WAC 230-06-083, WAC 230-06-100, WAC 230-06-110, WAC 230-06-112, WAC 230-06-124, WAC 230-06-150, WAC 230-07-090, WAC 230-07-125, WAC 230-07-140, WAC 230-11-095, WAC 230-11-100

Effective May 1, 2018
Petition for Rule Change from Staff
Fee Simplification Package 1
Concise Explanatory Statement

WAC 230-03-161, WAC 230-03-162, WAC 230-03-163, WAC 230-03-164, WAC 230-03-177, WAC 230-03-178, WAC 230-03-179, WAC 230-03-192, WAC 230-05-016, WAC 230-05-017, WAC 230-05-018, WAC 230-05-101, WAC 230-05-104, WAC 230-05-106, WAC 230-05-108, WAC 230-05-110, WAC 230-05-112, WAC 230-05-114, WAC 230-05-116, WAC 230-05-120, WAC 230-05-122, WAC 230-05-124, WAC 230-05-126, WAC 230-05-128, WAC 230-05-132, WAC 230-05-134, WAC 230-05-136, WAC 230-05-138, WAC 230-05-140, WAC 230-05-142, WAC 230-05-160, WAC 230-05-165, WAC 230-03-015, WAC 230-03-035, WAC 230-03-060, WAC 230-03-185, WAC 230-03-190, WAC 230-03-235, WAC 230-03-265, WAC 230-03-285, WAC 230-03-330

Effective February 24, 2018
Petition for Rule Change from Staff
Electronic or Mechanical Gambling Equipment
Concise Explanatory Statement

WAC 230-17-192

Effective December 22, 2017
Petition for Rule Change from Public
Pricing Plans for Members Only Raffles
Concise Explanatory Statement

WAC 230-11-087

Effective February 19, 2017
Petition for Rule Change from Public
Match Play Coupons
Concise Explanatory Statement

WAC 230-15-353, WAC 230-15-453

Effective February 19, 2017
Petition for Rule Change from Public
Gambling Promotions
Concise Explanatory Statement

WAC 230-06-030, WAC 230-06-031

 

Rule Making Process

When we officially announce a rule, we do so through permanent rulemaking, expedited rulemaking or emergency rulemaking.

The permanent rulemaking process

Stage 1

A Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101 form) is filed with the Code Reviser's Office.

Stage 2

A Proposed Rulemaking (CR-102 form) and the proposed rule language are filed with the Code Reviser's Office. Notice of the public hearing date and comment period are provided on the CR-102 form.

Stage 3

A Rulemaking Order of Adoption (CR-103 form) and the final rule language are filed with the Code Reviser's Office.

Stage 4

Normally, rules become effective January 1 or July 1. However, the request of the public or staff, the Commission may vote to have the rule become effective 31 days after filing the CR-103 form with the Code Reviser's Office.

The expedited adoption rulemaking process

Stage 1

Expedited Rulemaking (CR-105 form) and the expedited proposed language or expedited repeal language are filed with the Code Reviser's Office.

Stage 2

A Rulemaking Order of Adoption (CR-103 form) and the rule adoption language are filed with the Code Reviser's Office.

Stage 3

The rule adoption or repeal becomes effective 31 days after filing the Rule Making Order of Adoption with the Code Reviser's Office unless a later date is specified.

The emergency rulemaking process

Stage 1

A Rulemaking Order of Adoption (CR-103 form) and the rule adoption language are filed with the Code Reviser's Office.

Stage 2

The rule becomes effective upon filing, unless a later date is specified.

Click here to view a flowchart that describes the rule-making process.

Washington State Register

During the review process, all proposed rule changes are published in the Washington State Register.