PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 314-02-105 Sampling in beer/wine specialty shops.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 66.08.030, 66.24.371.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: This rule making is at the request of a petition for rule making. The petitioner would like the Liquor Control Board to amend WAC 314-02-105(4), which states that specialty shops can only offer samples if their gross retail sales of beer and/or wine are over 50% of their total gross sales. The petitioner would like the agency to amend the rule to allow beer/wine specialty shop licensees who offer bona fide cooking courses to be able to sample beer and/or wine during these classes.
Process for Developing New Rule: Input from retail licensees, local governments, and other interested parties will be obtained through series of notices and at least one public hearing.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Teresa Berntsen, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 43080, Olympia, WA 98504-3080, (360) 664-1648, fax (360) 704-4921, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 21, 2004
Merritt D. Long